Yea Wetlands Kiosk Open for Business!

by Dec 7, 20190 comments

The Leatham Family (mum Megan and girls Marley, Ivy, Lola and Daisy) and Nicholas Charles

The Yea Wetlands Kiosk is now up and running, providing a great opportunity for locals and visitors to Yea to experience fabulous coffee, ice cream and snacks in the stunning surrounds of the Y Water Discovery Centre garden and the Yea Wetlands.  

The Kiosk operator is local Yea resident Nicholas Charles who has just completed his VCE at Yea High School and already runs a successful microbusiness, Want Biscuits! Nicholas will serve a range of locally sourced coffee, tea and ice cream as well as his delicious range of biscuits, cookies and an evolving menu of light snacks. 

Y Water Discovery Centre Inc Chairman Frank Larkins said, ‘We think this is a fabulous opportunity to help support a young person in the community to get a head start on his career and we commend Nicholas on his entrepreneurship. As a not-for-profit organisation we are committed to supporting social enterprise initiatives and are delighted to support this new venture”. 

The Yea Wetlands Kiosk will be an added service for the thousands of visitors who drop in to the Centre each year to enjoy Yea’s regionally significant wetlands, receive up to date tourism information and browse the gift shop.  It will also provide a hub for locals to enjoy a coffee or ice cream with family and friends (including the four-legged variety!) after a walk in the Wetlands.

Jan Wealands, Nicholas Charles, Don Knight

A Murrindindi Shire Council Business and Tourism grant, and a significant contribution from the Y Water Discovery Centre Inc, provided funding for the Kiosk.  Building works were coordinated by local architect Ian Sichlau with a largely local contingent of tradesmen. Local volunteers Don Knight, Ian Marshman and Russell Wealands have all dedicated many hours to the planning and implementation of the project.

The Yea Wetlands Kiosk will open Friday to Monday, 10am – 4pm and on public holidays. For further information on the Y Water Discovery Centre visit, follow @ywaterdiscoverycentre or call 5797 2663.


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