While we’re lucky to run our business in the beautiful place we do, we also recognise that our cafe operates on Kabi Kabi traditional land. Therefore it has always been important to us that we establish and maintain genuine relationships within the local Kabi Kabi community.
Our friendship with Kabi Kabi Elder, Tais Lees has enabled us to do just that. He’s welcomed us with open arms, he’s connected us with local Aboriginal suppliers and artists, he’s performed a Greetings to Country at all of our events, and even hosted our Bush Tucker Degustation. Tais is always popping into our cafe on a regular basis to have a good old’ yarn with staff and customers.
With such kindness and support offered to The Good Place by the Kabi Kabi community, we believe that it’s time for us to give back.
On Australia Day this year, we will be adding the standard 15% public holiday surcharge to our services. However, we will be donating 100% of our profits for the day to the Kabi Kabi Aboriginal Corporation. This not-for-profit organisation helps local Aboriginal People in the area find homes, supporting them through the tricky processes associated with renting in such a demanding market. The Kabi Kabi Aborginial Corporation also works with the local real estate industry and encourages them to work with Aboriginal-owned businesses, employees and services..
In the spirit of reconciliation and bridging the gap, The Good Place will match every dollar raised by customers on Australia Day. So it’s not just the local community giving back, it’s us too.
It was an interesting process working with Tais to choose an organisation to donate to. Initially, we were interested in donating to a local Aboriginal health organisation, as our intention is to help to support the healing process of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. Tais felt that this sentiment was best represented through healthcare, as it supports the health and healing of local Kabi Kabi People. However, a service that provides shelter was also rated highly on the priority list, and given The Kabi Kabi Aboriginal Corporation’s deep Aboriginal roots, we believed they were the most appropriate organisation to receive this donation.