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Cultural experience for staff

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December 06, 2017

Listening: Taner Yavuzcehre, imam Mevlut Torlakcik, answer the groups questions about the Turkish Mosque.

Community members, including Uncle Leon Saunders, listen to Imam mam Mevlut Torlakcik.

GV Water staff Christina Bassani, Erin Doncon and Alice Russell enjoy learning about the Turkish mosque.

Regan Flanagan, Tyson Coombes and Daniel Flanagan.

Kezban Kuzgun, Zehra Torlakcik, Dudu Erdas, Beyhan Yavuzcehre and Hatice Yildirim made the lunch at the Turkish mosque.

Shepparton Art Museum's Feyzer Yazer.

Goulburn-Murray Water and Goulburn Valley Water employees gained a stronger insight into Greater Shepparton’s multicultural community last week.

About 60 members of the organisations were given the chance to visit Rumbalara, the Albanian mosque, the Turkish mosque and the Gurduara Sahib (Sikh Temple) thanks to Shepparton Ethnic Council.

G-MW corporate services manager Alan Arthur said the tour was a great opportunity for staff to gain a better understanding of Greater Shepparton’s multicultural community.

‘‘People are really interested in asking questions and it’s extremely informative,’’ he said.

This was the first time Mr Arthur had taken part in the tour and he was inspired to do so because of his colleague Michael Milburn, G-MW’s people and culture head.

‘‘We’ve got such a diverse community and we have a fairly strong customer base in and around the Shepparton and Goulburn Valley region that it just makes sense that our Goulburn Valley Water community gets out and meets the wider community,’’ Mr Milburn said.

GV Water managing director Peter Quinn said his organisation had not been on a multicultural tour of Shepparton for a couple of years.

‘‘We’ve got a lot of new employees and we really want to understand our community as well as we can so these tours are fantastic to really get a feel for the different cultures in our community,’’ he said.

GV Water chair Cathie Scott said it was wonderful to attend the tour which helped people gain a better understanding of others’ beliefs and cultures.

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