Media Release: Celebrating Cultural Diversity with A Day at the Zoo

18 March 2016
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Hundreds of people from various cultural backgrounds from the western suburbs took part in a colourful celebration of diversity at Werribee Open Range Zoo today as part of Cultural Diversity Week.

The Day at the Zoo saw newly arrived migrants and refugees from all over the world treated to a tour of the zoo as well as loud and colourful performances by an African dance and drum group.

The event was attended by Anne Barker, City West Water’s Managing Director, Bachar Houli, Richmond Tigers AFL Footballer and AFL Multicultural Ambassador, and Tina Hosseini, Victorian Multicultural Commission Youth Commissioner. 

City West Water Managing Director, Anne Barker, said A Day at the Zoo was a great way to bring together the new arrivals with many community service providers such as Victoria Police, Metropolitan Fire Brigade and Ambulance Victoria in a warm and friendly environment which can build mutual trust.

“City West Water's customers come from over 100 different cultural groups and more than one third speak a language other than English at home. A Day at the Zoo enables us to get to know some of our most recently arrived customers and build enduring relationships with their communities”, Ms Barker said.

Many of these customers have not had access to a safe drinking water supply before, as well as the obligations that come with that, such as paying water bills and using water responsibly.

Now in its eighth year, A Day at the Zoo is a great chance for newly arrived residents to enjoy a fun day out while getting to know representatives of important emergency services and utilities providers in the one spot.

The event has been organised in partnership with the Victorian Multicultural Commission, City West Water, the Metropolitan Fire Brigade, Victoria Police, The Department of Economic Development Jobs Transport and Resources, Parks Victoria, the Australian Federal Police, Ambulance Victoria, and AMES.

 Day at the zoo

Cultural Diversity Week celebrations at Werribee Zoo.