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Top honour for diversity work in community

Welcoming Intercultural Neighbours director Natalia Muszkat.
Welcoming Intercultural Neighbours director Natalia Muszkat. Kerry Thomas

TWO Gladstone organisations that have made an outstanding contribution to improving community harmony have been honoured at the annual Queensland Cultural Diversity Awards.

Welcoming Intercultural Neighbours won the Outstanding Community Organisation award category, while QGC Pty Ltd was the recipient of a special Minister's Corporate Partnership Award for its generous financial support of WIN.

Multicultural Affairs Minister Glen Elmes said the awards were an opportunity to acknowledge inspirational Queenslanders.

"The Premier's Cultural Diversity Awards honour the contributions and volunteering efforts from Queenslanders who support, promote and embrace our cultural diversity," Mr Elmes said.

WIN, a not-for-profit organisation, has successfully promoted the benefits of cultural diversity and delivered an impressive range of programs for Gladstone's culturally diverse community.

WIN director Natalia Muszkat said it was time to celebrate.

"It hasn't been easy to run a community organisation that not many people knew about," she said.

"It shows we are being recognised for what we do, that it's working and it encourages us to work harder.

"Especially to be recognised in Brisbane where a lot of the decisions get made."

The organisation's projects include English classes, computer training, first aid certifications, the Gladstone Language Cafe, cultural awareness training and volunteer programs.

QGC, a BG Group business, is building an LNG plant in Gladstone and has provided more than $550,000 in funding to support WIN.

Topics:  diversity, gladstone, multicultural, welcoming intercultural neighbours



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