LOCAL businesses in the Shire of Mundaring are encouraged to celebrate Harmony Day with the community this year in a number of different ways.
As the colour orange represents Harmony Day, celebrations might involve staff wearing orange clothing or adding an orange theme to shop windows. Another idea is for them to sell traditional cultural food.
Chief Executive Jonathan Throssell said the Shire was marking this year's national event, on Wednesday 21 March, by showcasing the strong spirit of inclusiveness within the Mundaring local government community.
"We want to celebrate Harmony Day and show a sense of belonging for everyone," Mr Throssell said.
"Our celebrations are to remind the community why our commitment to cultural diversity is one of our greatest assets and that we are stronger because of it. We are encouraging local businesses to be innovative about how they can celebrate with us and the local community."
Mr Throssell said he hopes everyone can enjoy the Shire's local businesses regardless of whether they are residents or visitors to the area. "I'm sure they'll enjoy the experience and appreciate all the differences which make our community a great place to live," he said.
Shire of Mundaring is encouraging local businesses to showcase their Harmony Day celebrations on the Shire Facebook page by sending photographs of their events and activities to Karen White at CEF@mundaring.wa.gov.au.
Harmony Day coincides with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Details can be found on the Harmony Day website, www.harmony.gov.au.
For more information about how local businesses can participate in Harmony Day contact Karen White on 9290 6715 or email CEF@mundaring.wa.gov.au
Philomena Burke, from Sweets and Treats in Helena Valley, getting ready for Harmony Day. Picture: David Bayliss, Community News.