Residents celebrate as bakery rolls out in Tom Price
The Tom Price community has fallen in loaf with its new bakery, with reports of residents lining up for half an hour to spend their hard-earned dough on fresh bread.
The highly anticipated Brumby’s Bakery in Tom Price held its opening on Saturday, after attracting queues stretching well into the park during its soft launch during the previous week.
It is the first indigenous-owned Brumby’s store in Australia and the first time in six years Tom Price has had access to fresh bread.
Martidja Banjima elder Maitland Parker said management had already started training staff to work in-store.
“We have employed a professional baker who has relocated to Tom Price to train our new staff members in the art of baking and running the store,” Mr Par-ker said.
“We’re also very proud to have already employed two indigenous apprentice bake-rs.
“It’s great to provide local indigenous employment opportunities to upskill our people so that they can take what they’ve learnt and continue their development in other areas.
Brumby’s general manager David Dinnes said the bakery had been a long time coming.
“We will continue to provide on-going assistance to the Tom Price store through our WA field support team.”
Shire of Ashburton councillor Peter Foster said the bakery had been highly anticipated.
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