Few sectors of commerce and industry carry the wide diversity of cultural and ethnic background among staff as the modern-day meat processing sector, and Teys Australia’s Lakes Creek abattoir in Rockhampton has been recognised for its work in this field.
The Lakes Creek facility on Friday night received the Minister’s Enterprise Award as part of the State Government’s annual Queensland Multicultural Awards for cultural diversity.
The awards recognise work and volunteering efforts that develop strong, culturally diverse communities and promote awareness of the benefits of cultural diversity across the state.
Teys Australia received the award from Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Glen Elmes, at a ceremony in Brisbane on Friday night.
In a statement issued yesterday, the company said the award should be shared by the entire community which had “embraced the wonderful people from different cultures that have settled in the Rockhampton region.”
Teys Australia general manager corporate affairs Tom Maguire said while the majority of the company’s 4500 employees across Australia were from local regions, there were often simply not enough local workers to operate the plants.
“In Rockhampton, the mining boom left us with an employment shortfall. We then turned to international workers to fill the places, and the results were not only great for us, but for the economy and social fabric of Rockhampton,” Mr Maguire said.
As part of the official award recognition, the Queensland Government’s salute read as follows:
"Teys’ commitment to valuing diversity has advanced inclusion in the workplace and delivered real outcomes in Rockhampton’s culturally diverse community.
As Rockhampton’s largest single employer, employing more than 1000 people of 29 different nationalities, Teys is a key employer of people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in the local community.
Teys employs a significant number of humanitarian refugees and supports induction and training practices that contribute to the success of its workforce as well as the successful settlement of new workers in the region. Teys has recognised the business opportunities Queensland's cultural diversity presents and has successfully leveraged these opportunities to the mutual benefit of its diverse workforce and the organisation’s meat processing operations.
Teys has also delivered significant benefits to the region through innovative approaches to addressing a worker shortage and its effective partnerships with settlement service providers and other groups in the community."