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.’’