Di­ver­sity rel­ished

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Goul­burn-Murray Water’s cor­po­rate staff team held its an­nual Har­mony Day lunch last month for the third con­sec­u­tive year and foods from­dozens of cul­tures were en­joyed by all.

Staff mem­bers were en­cour­aged to bring food that rep­re­sented their cul­ture, which in­cluded an ar­ray of cur­ries, rice pa­per rolls, sal­ads, salami and burg­ers.

The lunch was at­tended by al­most 90 peo­ple and G-MW cor­po­rate ser­vices gen­eral man­ager Alan Arthur said it was ex­cit­ing to see the lunch be­come such a pop­u­lar fix­ture on the team cal­en­dar.

‘‘Each year the spread gets big­ger and more im­pres­sive; it’s amaz­ing,’’ Mr Arthur said.

At­ten­dees also heard from guest speaker Sam Atuko­rala from the Eth­nic Coun­cil of Shep­par­ton and Dis­trict, who shared his story of im­mi­grat­ing from Sri Lanka to Aus­tralia and how the peo­ple of Greater Shep­par­ton helped his fam­ily set­tle in.

Hu­man re­sources head Michael Mil­burn said it was im­por­tant to cel­e­brate the dif­fer­ent cul­tures that worked at G-MW.

‘‘Di­ver­sity and in­clu­sion is ex­tremely im­por­tant at G-MW as we serve a very mul­ti­cul­tural com­mu­nity and need the skills and ex­pe­ri­ences that come with em­ploy­ing peo­ple from all walks of life and dif­fer­ent back­grounds,’’ Mr Mil­burn said.

‘‘It’s the cul­tural di­ver­sity and in­clu­sion that makes the team at G-MW great and al­lows us to be in­no­va­tive and for­ward-think­ing to serve all of our cus­tomers.’’

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