KickStart Café serves tradies at Melrose Park Residential Apartment Construction Site


PAYCE Foundation Director, Dominic Sullivan announcing a highly successful social enterprise program, which provides employment and training opportunities for disadvantaged youth, was officially launched at Melrose Park.

Mr Sullivan said “the Kick Start Cafe caters for workers on the Melrose Park North urban renewal project and local communities”.

Kickstart Cafe maintains a professionl level of training, education, skills and learning to the community – Dominic Sullivan

Mr Sullivan stated “the Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education and Member for Parramatta, Geoff Lee today officially launched the Melrose Park Kick Start Café at a function attended by representatives of City of Parramatta Council, the local community and sporting bodies.

“Under the program, trainees are employed by the social initiative to gain a Certificate III in Hospitality, RSA and RCG, as well as barista skills enabling them to transition to employment within the broader community”.

Mr Sullivan noted, “the trainees are supported by professional trainers, including an experienced chef and mentor.

“To date, 12 trainees have graduated and a further three trainees are currently working in the mobile food trailer located on the corner of Wharf Road and Victoria Road.

Kickstart Café provides a bridge to employment for disadvantaged youth

Mr Sullivan pointed out that “the program offers disadvantaged youth a pathway to employment by providing work experience and job skills.

Mr Sullivan added, “Every major construction site needs a café or canteen facility to cater for its workers and we are collaborating with other construction and development companies to roll out a fleet of similar food trailers on building sites over the next few years”.

“We were pleased to have representatives from local community and sporting groups attending today’s launch to learn more about the new program initiative and how they can also utilise the services of the Kick Start Café in their fundraising activities and other events” stated Mr Dominic Sullivan.

PAYCE Foundation helps to address social disadvantage – Dominic Sullivan

Mr Sullivan said that by supporting the Kick Start Café social enterprise is helping young people get a start in life. Communities and companies can, in this way directly address social disadvantage.

“The café is located adjacent to the Melrose Park construction site in order to conveniently serve workers, but local residents and businesses are encouraged to visit and pick up a coffee or quick snack. The café will also be accepting orders for delivery and can also cater for corporate meetings and functions,” said Dominic Sullivan.

Graduates better skilled to gain full-time employment

One of the project’s success stories is Kick Start Café graduate, 23-year-old Paniora Nukunuku.

“I saw the Kick Start Cafe as an opportunity for me to take control of my life and be able to do the things I couldn’t do before,” Paniora said.

Paniora is now gainfully employed as a youth worker passing on her experiences at a Youth and Resource Centre.

Dominic Sullvan and PAYCE Foundation promote social awareness among commercial enterprise

Kick Start Café is a social enterprise began by Mr Brian Boyd and Mr Dominic Sullivan under the PAYCE Foundation, which is the philanthropic arm of the leading apartment developers, property and investment company PAYCE. PAYCE has backed the mentoring program since it’s inception, when the first café opened at Washington Park, Riverwood in Sydney’s south-west.

PAYCE Foundation would like to see more commercial enterprises participate in supporting their surrounding communities.

More information about the Kick Start Café, including its menu and hours, is available at


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