OPEN FOR BUSINESS: Sandpit cafe staff Brooke Mewson and Sam Weekes.
OPEN FOR BUSINESS: Sandpit cafe staff Brooke Mewson and Sam Weekes. Susanna Freymark

Patrol our beaches and we'll give you a job

THE Sandpit Cafe at the Evans Head-Casino Surf Club has an unusual expectation of its staff.

Jobs are offered in the first instance to 12-18-year-olds who volunteer for life saving duty.

Evans Head Bowling Club chief executive Roger Hong said it was a way to address the shortage of volunteers to patrol Evans Head Main Beach.

"Through the school system we are offering Bronze Medallion scholarships,” Mr Hong said.

"Then when they do patrols we will give them preferred employment at Sandpit or Snapper.”

The bowling club is leasing the space and managing the hospitality at the surf club including the cafe and the upstairs Snapper Restaurant.

The cafe is open from 6.30am, seven days a week including Christmas Day so plenty of staff will be needed.

Brooke Mewson and Sam Weekes have been working at Sandpit for two weeks since it reopened.

"They are the mainstays,” Mr Hong said.

The win-win situation means local youth can gain employment and hospitality skills and if they go away for university and come back and do patrols, they have the opportunity to work at the cafe or restaurant again, Mr Hong said.

"We have a social responsibility. If we don't have patrols, we don't have tourists. We are investing back into the community,” he said.

Mr Hong sees the succession plan as benefiting everyone involved and advised those interested to drop their resume into Sandpit Cafe.



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