The Youth Training Cafe will provide a food and drink outlet located in the popular Viaduct Park Skatepark.
This project was identified out of a community survey where the community outlined their preferences for the future additions to the Viaduct Park Youth Hub. A café was identified as the most popular choice and this assisted us in targeting funding opportunities for future additions to the park.
The café will provide a range of accredited hospitality training programs and the young trainees will work across areas including; customer services, food handling, preparation and cooking, stock rotation, point of sale, small business skills and more.
As a social enterprise, the café will reinvest 100% of surplus into supporting and training young people in the area. Trainees will develop transferable employability skills, nationally accredited units of competency and structured workplace experience with the aim of enabling a successful transition to sustainable mainstream employment.
With the café itself being constructed from multiple shipping containers offsite and then delivered and assembled in Tamworth, work onsite before the components arrive will involve the construction of footings for the containers as well as the establishment of water, sewer, stormwater and power services to the final café location.
A concrete slab for an alfresco area and paths will also be constructed to link to existing paths within Viaduct Park and on Macquarie Street. This work is expected to take 2 weeks to complete. This will then remain secured until the containers manufactured in Albury are delivered to site and assembled.
The project aims to:
- Provide employment for local workers through the construction of the facility,
- Provide employment for local people in operating the facility once constructed, and;
- Continue development of the Viaduct Park Youth Hub which will help bring more events to town which, in turn, provides economic benefit to the wider community.
In February 2020, a grant valued at $369,176 was awarded to Tamworth Regional Council from the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund for the construction of a Youth Training Café at Viaduct Youth Hub.
Additional embellishments to the café including a rooftop dining space with shade sails and alfresco area downstairs have been included as one of the projects funded by the Australian Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program. In the first phase of funding, our region was allocated $2.65 million, with a further $3.41 million received under the program’s second phase.