Program to support local cafés facing an uncertain future

A new report reveals that 70 per cent of Australians are worried that their local café will never be the same as they were pre-COVID, a serious issue as the survey also uncovered the fact that five million of us are missing our local café more than our local pub.

The report, commissioned by Australian coffee roaster Harris Coffee and conducted by YouGov Galaxy, involved a survey of 1000 Australian café-goers and small-business owners, to determine the current sentiments of patrons and the hopes and fears of the cafe owners.

The release of the report coincided with the launch of Harris Café Recovery Project, an initiative by Harris to help keep Australia’s café culture alive and support cafes recovering from the current crisis.

Under the program, Australian café owners can apply for a share in a $1 million support package that will assist them in their rebuilding efforts and resume serving their local communities. An initial 25 café owners will be eligible to receive a share of the stimulus package.

“Between the bushfires and COVID-19, cafés across Australia have been hit hard in recent months,” David Ansell, Head of Harris Coffee, said. “It has become clear how important cafés are to Australians and their communities. As an Australian coffee roaster, we felt like we needed to do our bit to get cafés back on their feet and help keep doors open, returning them to being an integral part of their local area.

“Through our Harris Café Report, we found that 80 per cent of small-business owners in hospitality believe they won’t recover from recent hardships without support, and 43 per cent also said they won’t be able to stay open longer than six months without the support,” Ansell added.

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