Kar­ratha busi­ness goes na­tional

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Ali­cia Per­era

Lo­cal Abo­rig­i­nal busi­ness Bushlolly Cafe has ex­panded into a na­tional bush foods fran­chise and is about to gain fur­ther na­tional at­ten­tion af­ter hav­ing its prod­ucts cho­sen to fea­ture on one of Aus­tralia’s most pop­u­lar TV pro­grams.

In Oc­to­ber, Bushlolly coown­ers Triscilla Hol­borow and Kelly Grady bought South Aus­tralia’s Reedy Creek Nurs­ery, one of Aus­tralia’s largest es­tab­lished bush food farms con­tain­ing thou­sands of plants, al­low­ing them to re­alise their dream of turn­ing the Kar­ratha bush tucker cafe into a na­tional fran­chise un­der the ban­ner of Bushlolly Abo­rig­i­nal Aus­tralian Na­tive Foods.

The busi­ness’ prod­ucts have al­ready started be­ing dis­trib­uted Aus­tralia wide, in­clud­ing to the likes of top restau­rants Billy Kwong and Biota Din­ing.

Last month, a se­lec­tion of Bushlolly’s first range of pre­mium prod­ucts were also cho­sen to fea­ture on an as-yet-se­cret ma­jor Aus­tralian net­work TV show in a coup ex­pected to fur­ther raise the busi­ness’ pro­file.

Ms Hol­borow, who is also the com­pany chief ex­ec­u­tive, said the ex­panded busi­ness would in­crease the sup­ply of qual­ity bush foods in Aus­tralia, where de­mand ex­ceeded sup­ply.

“For the busi­ness, the na­tive pro­duce from our op­er­a­tion at Reedy Creek is be­ing dis­trib­uted across Aus­tralia in­clud­ing all the way to our lit­tle Bushlolly in Kar­ratha,” she said. “It’s the first time, that I know of, that as a lo­cal we can now buy fresh na­tive food to en­joy and take home and this is only the be­gin­ning.”

She said the Bushlolly sup­ply chain would cre­ate more jobs for Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple and al­low com­mu­ni­ties to es­tab­lish sus­tain­able busi­nesses grow­ing pro­duce on coun­try. Ms Grady said bush foods were be­com­ing in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar in the Aus­tralian food in­dus­try and Bushlolly wanted to make them avail­able to a wider au­di­ence.

“Our goals are around ev­ery­body hav­ing ac­cess to bush foods,” she said. “While it’s amaz­ing that you can get it in ex­clu­sive places, we be­lieve that ev­ery­one should have ac­cess to it, and that was the con­cept be­hind Bushlolly in the be­gin­ning — to give our com­mu­nity here in the Pilbara ac­cess to bush tucker food and the cul­ture.”

With Bushlolly’s rapid growth, fu­ture ex­pan­sion plans for the busi­ness in­clude es­tab­lish­ing grow­ing land in the Kar­ratha area, find­ing a big­ger lo­ca­tion for the cafe and hold­ing com­mu­nity long-ta­ble din­ners and bush-food cook­ing classes.

Bushlolly Cafe opened in Kar­ratha in early 2017.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

Bushlolly Cafe co-owner Kelly Grady, third from right, and staff mem­bers At­lanta Whit­ting­ton, Leti­tia Low, Ali­cia Bon­ney, Amy Mitchell and Al­lisha Kay with a plate of na­tive greens.

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