Council’s coffee hit has a purpose

Penrith Mayor Ross Fowler receives his coffee from Martin at the Civic Disability Services coffee cart within Penrith Civic Centre

Tuesday, 27 August 2019

Penrith’s latest coffee outlet is also providing vital training in the catering and food services industry for people with a disability.

Penrith City Council has partnered with Civic Disability Services to operate a coffee cart in the Civic Centre entrance foyer.

“We are proud to be helping Civic Disability Services as they provide real time training and job skills education as well as a really good coffee,” said Penrith Mayor Cr Ross Fowler OAM.

“Now we want the Penrith community to come along and grab a great cuppa when they visit either the Penrith Library or the Civic Centre.

“The cart is more than a coffee venue – there is also a wide range of snacks on offer.

“So, next time you are heading to Penrith Library or coming into the Council offices, take the time to grab a coffee.

“Your next coffee may be helping someone get their next job,” he said.

Civic Disability Services CEO Annie Doyle said Penrith City Council has been an enthusiastic and supporting venture partner.

“The Penrith coffee cart builds on Civic’s growing kitchen and catering business, joining existing outlets in Caringbah, Engadine, Nowra and Merrylands,” Ms Doyle said.

“With the unemployment rate for people with disability twice as high as the national average, supported employment opportunities like this coffee cart are a wonderful example of our legacy.

“We are grateful for the support of Penrith City Council in bringing this latest venture to life.

“Initiatives like this not only show off the efforts and commitment of Civic staff but are also an example of the need and wish for people with disability to live meaningful, involved lives.”

Information contained within this news release was correct as at Tuesday, 27 August 2019.