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  Gippsland Water staff attend cultural awareness training with Aunty Doris Paton.

Aboriginal awards finalist

Gippsland Water’s program for Aboriginal trainees was recognised as one of the best in the state at this year’s Wurreker Awards.

The Wurreker Awards recognise partnerships which improve outcomes for Victorian Aboriginal people in education and employment.

Gippsland Water has employed two Aboriginal trainees over the last 12 months, and made cultural awareness training available for all staff. The program was implemented with help and advice from Latrobe City Council’s Indigenous Employment Program.

Managing Director of Gippsland Water, Sarah Cumming, said that the organisation is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace.

“We recognise that we need to reflect the diversity of our community in order to best meet our customers’ needs and expectations.

“Taking on Aboriginal trainees and building the cultural awareness of our employees has been a really positive experience, and we’re very proud to have been a finalist in the Wurreker Awards,” she said.

“We look forward to partnering with Latrobe City Council’s Indigenous Employment Program on future initiatives,” she added.

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