A community event to celebrate the culture of the Pacific Islands will be held at the Naracoorte Sports Centre this Saturday, May 29.
The event is being run by not-for-profit Pacific Islands Council of South Australia (PICSA) to acknowledge and welcome workers in the local area, who are employed under the Australian Government's Pacific Labour Scheme (PLS).
The PLS is designed to help Australian businesses address chronic labour shortages and deliver a stable and productive workforce where local labour is not available.
Almost 100 workers from Tonga, Fiji, Samoa and Vanuatu are currently employed in an abattoir in Naracoorte as part of the scheme.
Some of these workers have been in Naracoorte for more than 18 months, and have not seen their families since they arrived due to COVID-19 border restrictions.
The workers are grateful for the opportunities and support provided to them through the PLS.
Nationwide, the PLS enables citizens from nine Pacific island countries - Tonga, Samoa, Fiji, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, PNG, Kiribati and Tuvalu - and Timor-Leste to take up low-skilled and semi-skilled jobs in rural and regional Australia for up to three years.
PICSA has partnered with Regional Workforce Management and the Pacific Labour Facility, which manages the PLS in partnership with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, to provide ongoing support for the social and physical wellbeing of the workers while they are in Australia.
Saturday's event will see the Pacific island workers sharing their culture with the Naracoorte community through traditional song and dance.
Anyone who is interested to attend is welcome to come along from 3pm.
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