Peppertree Cafe to grow in the heart of Bankstown

Federal Member for Blaxland Jason Clare today announced $20,000 for Bankstown Multicultural Youth Service (BMYS) to double the size of the Peppertree Café, and install a stage for local artists to perform.

The Peppertree Café, managed by Bankstown Multicultural Youth Service provides employment and training to disadvantaged young people.

Since it opened in 2011 young job seekers have had the opportunity to complete an employment readiness program and gain employment in the hospitality industry.

This new funding comes from Jason Clare’s Blaxland Stronger Communities Programme.

Mr Clare said “The Peppertree Café provides hospitality training to local young people, particularly those who have left school early and found it difficult to get work.”

“This funding will create a new performance space in Bankstown and an even bigger Peppertree Café to train young people and give them the skills to get a job in the hospitality industry,” Mr Clare said.

The Stronger Communities Programme provides grants, between $5,000 and $20,000, to not-for-profit organisations for small capital works projects that improve our local community.

Last year the Blaxland Consultation Committee approved 9 projects, with $142,000 worth of grants contributed to works expected to begin early this year.

“Applications for the next round of funding are now open. For more information please contact my office on 02 9790 2466,” said Mr Clare.

Issued: 4 March 2016
Media Contact: Jamie Wassef 02 9790 2466