The proceeds from our social enterprises provide us with an income stream to enrich our programs. They go towards our Public Schools Arts Festival, and our arts and culture programs. As we don’t receive recurrent government funding, the creation of the following social enterprises is one way we’re strengthening our financial self-sufficiency and sustainability, while at the same time having a positive impact in communities here and overseas.
The Fair Trade Emporium
The Fair Trade Emporium is an ARCCO initiative, partnering with the NSW Fair Trade Association, the Trading Circle and the Coalition for Justice and Peace in Palestine. The emporium has provided opportunities for guest traders to showcase their products, and is run by the traders who volunteer their time in the shop – a truly co-operative model.
Wed to Friday: 11am-5pm
Saturday : 9am-3pm
Located in the Old Stone Shed, on the Addison Road side of the car park.
We believe in human rights here and overseas. Unfortunately, exploitation exists along the whole chain, from the farms where the coffee beans are grown to Australia’s own hospitality industry. That’s why our café purchases only fair trade products and provides fair employment. The StirrUp Café sources fair trade coffee from Papua New Guinea and Kenya, creating a positive impact on the lives of farmers and their villages. We’ve partnered with TAFE and SSI to provide barista training for young people, the unemployed, refugees and recent migrants.
Mon to Fri: 8am – 2pm
Sunday: 8am – 4pm
Located at the Addison Road entrance.
The tollgate project supports people who’ve experienced long-term unemployment through training and providing fair work. The tollgate officers collect a $3 vehicle entry fee from visitors on Sundays, and the proceeds are directed towards restoring the car park, addressing long-term compacting issues, and ensuring safety and security for users of the centre by implementing traffic management procedures.