Lo­cal cafe cel­e­brates first year

North West Telegraph - - Front Page - Robert Dougherty

There was cake to mark the oc­ca­sion when lo­cal cof­fee shop the Hed­land Har­bour Cafe cel­e­brated a big mile­stone since be­com­ing part of The Nja­mal Peo­ple’s Trust.

The vi­brant Wedge Street cafe cel­e­brated its first an­niver­sary on Novem­ber 15.

The cafe is owned by NPT, an or­gan­i­sa­tion rep­re­sent­ing mem­bers of the in­dige­nous com­mu­nity in and around Port Hed­land.

Nja­mal busi­ness de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer Lizzy Walker said it was an event to cel­e­brate, with the or­gan­i­sa­tion pro­vid­ing a suc­cess­ful part­ner­ship and work place­ments in the com­mu­nity.

“It’s a very big mile­stone and a very good in­vest­ment mile­stone for the Nja­mal peo­ple them­selves,” she said.

“It was one of Nja­mal’s first busi­ness ven­tures and it’s work­ing quite well. It’s also proven that part­ner­ships can work.

“The Nja­mal peo­ple are the proud own­ers and it’s a big achieve­ment, cater­ing for the wider com­mu­nity. And noth­ing is wasted, with food dis­trib­uted out to Nja­mal fam­i­lies in need.”

Cafe op­er­a­tions are over­seen by hos­pi­tal­ity con­sul­tant Cat Cahill, who said it had grown ex­cep­tion­ally since the part­ner­ship be­gan last year. “Since the takeover we have more than dou­bled our turnover and seen the growth from putting fresh food into the cafe and en­gag­ing the com­mu­nity with healthy eat­ing habits,” she said.

“It’s been re­ally im­por­tant, cre­at­ing job op­por­tu­ni­ties and rein­vig­o­rat­ing the west end . . . at 4am peo­ple are wait­ing at the door to get in.

“The lion’s share of our trade is still done dur­ing the day­time in the lead-up to lunch. We have put a pizza oven in and there is po­ten­tial to get a liquor li­cence later down the track.”

Ms Cahill said the cafe’s birthday cake was pro­vided by South Hed­land busi­ness Siti’s Sweets.

Nja­mal busi­ness de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer Lizzy Walker and Hed­land Har­bour Cafe hos­pi­tal­ity con­sul­tant Cat Cahill with friends at the party to mark the Hed­land Har­bour Cafe’s first birthday.

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