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Pride in Water will connect LGBTIQ+ staff and allies within the water industry

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We can work together to provide support, mentoring and guidance for LGBTIQ+ staff.

Be part of an opportunity to create a more inclusive water industry for LGBTIQ+ staff, contractors and customers.

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Thank you to all nineteen Victorian Water and Vic Water authorities for supporting the Pride in Water initiative!

Our vision is to create a water industry for ALL LGBTIQ+ people to feel safe, included and valued.

Testimonials for Pride in Water

  • "It is very encouraging to see our industry show its genuine support and promotion of the LGBTIQ+ community.  Brendan, Jacquie and the Pride in Water working group have led the way in raising awareness within the water industry, celebrating our diversity and driving support for our LGBTIQ+ people.  As the leading association for the Victorian water industry, VicWater is pleased to support the Pride in Water network in making a difference for diversity and inclusion across the sector."
    Peter MorisonVicWater CEO
  • "It’s great to see the water industry supporting our LGBTIQ employees with the formation of the Pride in Water Network.  The network will provide an opportunity for LGBTIQ employees in the water industry a chance to connect, gain support, guidance and mentoring. Importantly, the network will support the creation of workplaces that are safe and inclusive. I encourage anyone who is interested to become involved, as an LGBTIQ person or an ally, so we can all enjoy an industry place where everyone feels as though they belong, and where our differences are valued and celebrated."
    Tracey SlatterBarwon Water Managing Director
  • "At Westernport Water we recognise the possibilities and benefits of inclusion and diversity in our workplace. We are actively working towards a workforce where diversity is celebrated and all people are respected, valued, and affirmed inclusive of their sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression."
    Peter QuigleyWesternport Water Managing Director
  • "I’m really proud of our involvement in the Pride in Water initiative. We’re working hard to create a better world free from discrimination, and for us, that starts in our workplace. We’re proud of our diverse, inclusive culture where everyone can be who they are, but we know as a society we need to do more to stop prejudice and discrimination. Pride in Water is a fantastic, industry-wide initiative to support our LGBTIQ colleagues and their families and friends. I’m excited for us at South East Water to be part of a program to lead change both in our industry and beyond and create a safer, more supportive and better workplace for everyone."
    Terri BensonManaging Director South East Water
  • "East Gippsland Water is excited to support the Pride in Water Network, a fantastic initiative that allows our people who identify as LGBTIQ+ and allies to share, connect and support each other.   As an organisation we recognise that we each hold power in our words and actions to create a culturally safe workplace and we are committed to proving a ‘whole of person’ approach, because everyone deserves to feel safe, included and valued.  We also recognise our role as a community leader in a remote part of Victoria, appreciating that LGBTIQ+ people in our community have experienced stigma and fought for support across the community as a hidden minority group. We know we are better when we work together to provide support, connect and share stories as an industry, a business and as a community."
    Steve McKenzieEast Gippsland Water Managing Director
  • "As a major regional organisation, Wannon Water has a responsibility to champion human rights. We believe that everyone should be treated equally and with respect - no matter their background, heritage, ability, gender or sexual orientation."
    Andrew JeffersWannon Water Managing Director
  • "We're passionate about creating an inclusive workplace that promotes and values diversity which includes supporting our LGBTIQ employees and customers"
    David RyanDavid RyanCity West Water Managing Director
  • Western Water is dedicated to creating an inclusive work environment where all individuals feel comfortable and can bring their whole selves to work.  Providing a workplace of equality is fundamental to who we are at Western Water and in this spirit, we want to express our strong support for the new VicWater ‘Pride In Water Network’ and our LGBTIQ employees, customers and community.
    Jeff RigbyManaging Director, Western Water
  • Goulburn Valley Water is committed to inclusive strategies and actions that support and celebrate the contribution of LGBTI+ people in our workforce, industry, families and communities. Providing a safe place where all people feel like they can be themselves and contribute their best is important to us. The Pride in Water Network launch is an exciting opportunity for us to connect with others and support and celebrate the LGBTI+ community.  
    Peter QuinnGoulburn Valley Water MD
  • "Melbourne Water has made considerable and consistent effort to into ensuring that all of our employees feel safe and valued at work. I am proud of the work that Melbourne Water employees have been doing through Refract (our LGBTI+ and allies employee network), which we launched in 2017. We have taken significant action over the last 3 years to create a more inclusive culture through increasing our understanding of what we can do to demonstrate respect, inclusion and be active allies for our LGBTI+ colleagues and community. We are delighted to be partnering with our colleagues across the water sector to lead and advocate for greater inclusion across the industry and our broader community. Together we can create real change."
    Michael WandmakerMelbourne Water MD