Sydney Water staff enjoyed music, food and close encounters of the animal kind as part of the organisation’s NAIDOC celebrations last week.
Staff gathered at the organisation’s Potts Hill and Parramatta offices to experience a barbecue lunch of kangaroo, emu and crocodile sausages, an ‘animals of the dreaming workshop’ with Aboriginal Elder Col Hardy and Taronga Zoo, and an entertaining didgeridoo performance with Russell Dawson from Koomurri Management.
Sydney Water Managing Director Kevin Young said it was great to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
“We are particularly celebrating the achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have worked over the years to instill pride, advance equality and educate the country,” he said.
Mr Young said Sydney Water had been working to improve employment opportunities for Indigenous Australians.
“Indigenous people currently represent 0.7% of our workforce, and our target for this financial year is to get to 1.3%.
“In the last 12 months we have placed three Indigenous staff through our Entry Level Programs and we will continue to build on this to reach 2.6% by 2015, better reflecting the percentage of Indigenous people in the Australian population.
Sydney Water has signed the Australian Employment Covenant (AEC), a national industry-led initiative aimed at securing sustainable jobs for Indigenous Australians.
Sydney Water also signed with the Western Sydney Aboriginal Employment Job Compact, and works in partnership with First People HR to create pathways to employment for young Indigenous Australians.