Owners of the rural Cunnamulla Bakery have been honoured with a top award for their approach to staffing, and they’re eager to help even more.
The Courier-Mail reported Nick and Kate Land received the Welcoming Cities Award for Change for helping to make their town feel like home for their migrant staffers. Now, the business owners who have found it difficult to find and retain staff in the past, are eager to help more families secure visas and breathe new life into their rural town.
To help migrant workers feel at home, they bought and furnished accommodation, ordered traditional and cultural foods, and ensured their staff could connect socially with the community.
“Recruiting staff has been our biggest program, that’s why we’ve gone the way of helping people with visas and immigration,” Mr Land told The Courier-Mail.
“Our current baker Fida is from Malaysia and is a huge asset to our business, as well as her husband Eddie who jumps in to help.
“Different nationalities bring different ideas and different types of food. We enjoy having a multicultural team, we can sit down and talk about what products we’re going to make and what we can do to improve variety.”
The Lands were proud to receive the Individual Award in the inaugural Welcoming Cities Awards for Change for their efforts in a prestigious ceremony held in Canberra, but said rural towns need more government support to recruit migrant workers.
“There are plenty of jobs available and businesses waiting to welcome them with open arms,” he said.