Acmena kitchen feeds hope
WITH dreams of one day owning a restaurant, one Acmena detainee can't wait to test out the centre's new $550,000 kitchen and cafe facilities.
The youth detention centre has received a Federal Government grant to build the new facility with construction set to start at the end of this year.
The detainee, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said he was eager to complete his hospitality course in the new commercial kitchen.
"It can get crowded in (the current kitchen) so this will be bigger and we will have more equipment," he said.
Relieving principal at the centre's in-house school, Toni Simpson, said the new kitchen and alfresco dining area would provide huge benefits for the centre.
"To complete their Certificate III in Hospitality they have to be in a commercial kitchen so we have had to take students off site to finish it," Mrs Simpson said.
"Now we'll be able to do it here and it means those students who cannot go off site can still complete their course.
"They will not only be able to learn to operate the commercial kitchen but they will learn barista skills and wait skills and that's great for their confidence."
Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan said equipping inmates with skills and experiences would set them up for a return to the real world.
"This is fantastic," he said.
"We want children to get the best possible education and this sets them up for when they leave here and go back into the community because they will be skilled and employable and that solves a lot of issues.
"The community will be better for it."
The yet-to-be-named cafe will be open to staff and visitors to the centre, as well as used as a training and learning facility during school hours.