An opportunity exists for a suitably qualified operator to deliver a café service at Brambuk: the National Park and Cultural Centre (hereafter referred to as “Brambuk”) in the Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park.

About the site

The Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre was built in 1989 to acknowledge, protect and share the cultures of the Jadawadjali and Djab Wurrung Peoples. It was collaboratively designed with the Traditional Owners of Gariwerd to celebrate connection to Country.

In 2006, the Park Visitor Information building was added, which now houses the National Park information service, a café space and gift shop.

Parks Victoria has temporarily taken over the management of Brambuk, in association with Gariwerd Traditional Owner corporations, Barengi Gadjin Land Council, Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation and Eastern Maar Aboriginal Corporation.

In great news for Brambuk and the region, the Victorian Government Budget 2020–21 has allocated $5.8 million to upgrade buildings, refresh activity spaces, and develop new long term environmental and cultural programs at the precinct.

 

The opportunity

Expressions of interest are open for a suitably qualified commercial operator to run a small/over the counter café service, within the Park Visitor Information building at Brambuk. The opportunity will ideally attract a local operator capable of expanding existing operations to cater for a new market.

Key items include:

  • Minimal fit-out required. The existing café, kitchen and service area of the Park Visitor Information building is available for use by the successful operator.
  • Additional cafe equipment (Point of Sale, coffee machine, tables/chairs, food display, approved signage, etc.) is to be provided and managed by the operator.
  • The successful operator will be granted access to the Permit Area (in accordance with the standard clauses within the Trade Permit), for a period up until 30 June 2023.

 

Trade Permit and fees

A standard National Parks Act (1975) Trade Permit, and a Trade Permit fee will apply.

 

Brambuk service offer and visitation

Whilst the Cultural Centre is currently closed for upgrade works, the precinct’s Park Visitor Information building is open. Current services include national park information, souvenirs, map sales/activity brochures, campground bookings, permits, minor interpretive displays and scheduled school holiday activities.

Since re-opening in late 2020 following the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions, Brambuk has seen consistent visitation attracting between 100 – 400 visitors a day from December 2020 through to April 2021. Increasing visitation is expected at Brambuk over the next 24 months as new cultural services and activities become available at the site, in addition to the opening of the Grampians Peaks Trail in 2021.

 

EOI objectives

To appoint an operator to deliver café operations that:

  • Ensures the consistent sale of good quality, locally-sourced food and beverage to complement the Brambuk visitor experience;
  • Is capable of catering for events and functions held at Brambuk;
  • Supports Brambuk’s cultural experience, showcasing Indigenous bush tucker and ingredients where possible/appropriate; and,
  • Can provide tangible benefits to Gariwerd Traditional Owner communities, such as supporting Traditional Owner businesses and suppliers, and/or direct employment opportunities.

 

Applications

All applications are to be submitted via the Parks Victoria Expression of Interest (EOI) email address at EOI@parks.vic.gov.au

Applications with email Subject: ‘Application – Brambuk Café Service’ are due by midnight AEST on Sunday 11 July 2021, together with the signed Conflict of Interest Declaration.

Please see below for:

 

Assessment

Applications will be assessed by a Parks Victoria assessment panel, against the questions and evaluation criteria in the application form.

 

Enquiries and site visits

All enquiries must be directed in writing to EOI@parks.vic.gov.au

Dates and times for site visits will be scheduled once the availability of interested parties is known.

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