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Census Data for Townsville an Eye-Opener

ENJOY BREKKY AT THE BAY A Sunday only pop-up café, Brekky at the Bay, has opened at the Townsville Picnic Bay Surf Life Saving Club. The concept is a partnership between chef Ashlee Ede, promoter Heidi Hatherell and The Surf Club, with all drinks profits going to the club. Brekky at the Bay has already won a loyal following, with breakfast proving so popular that opening hours have been extended from 7am till 6pm. You can view the menu at www.brekkyatthebay.com. “The menu includes gourmet breakfast platters, lunch options and antipasto platters made fresh to order,” says Brekky at the Bay’s Heidi Hatherell. “It’s important to us to use the best available locally sourced produce so the fish is from NQ Marina fresh, our eggs are from Saddle Mountain Homestead and our fresh

produce is from The Precinct Fresh Market, while our baked goods are from Otto’s Bake House and our meat is from Sunvale Meats.” The business venture is also an opportunity for young members of the Townsville Picnic Bay Surf Life Saving Club to gain confidence working within the club and get experience in hospitality. Rachel Moodie, Events & Functions Manager at The Surf Club, says the young club members do a fantastic job and are proud, enthusiastic contributors. “The opportunity helps them learn new skills to make them more employable in the future,” Rachel says. “With Brekky at the Bay we saw the perfect opportunity to collaborate with Ash and Heidi, using their skill sets to complement our weekly Sunday openings.”

The release of the 2016 ABS Census data has shown the difficult economic conditions faced by Townsville North Queensland over the past few years. The statistics reflect a significant economic downturn following the closure of Yabulu Nickel Refinery, resulting in the loss of over 800 direct jobs in early 2016. This downturn was the primary reason behind the civic and business leaders of Townsville North Queensland uniting to lobby for significant investment in infrastructure to secure jobs and promote business confidence and therefore investment. Looking forward, there are many major projects in the works including the $250 million North Queensland Stadium, $2 billion Singapore-Australia Defence Agreement, $4 billion Stage One Adani Carmichael Mine and $225 million in water funding.

JAM Restaurant Takes Home Top Gong JAM Restaurant has won the Contemporary Australian Restaurant – Informal category at the 2017 Queensland and Northern Territory Savour Australia Restaurant & Catering Hostplus Awards for Excellence. Business owner and Restaurant & Catering Australia member Matt Merrin says it’s great to see Townsville come out on top from a field of restaurants across Queensland. “I’m really proud of my team,” he says. The Awards for Excellence is a nationally recognised, independently judged awards program that celebrates exceptional service and culinary talent across the state. It’s the only program in Australia where the judging criteria is determined by consumers who rank what is important to them in the dining experience. The Awards are judged by an independent team of trained judges who anonymously visit the venues to determine the winners. The scores are based on the entire dining experience from food to the customer service experienced when the judges anonymously dine.

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Duo Magazine August 2017  

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