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Auntie’s Cafe has now opened in Broken Head Holiday Park and is serving a delicious menu inspired by local native foods.

Named for the four Aunties that claimed Native Title for the Arakwals, Aunties Dulcie, Lorna, Linda and Yvonne it is part of the outcome of a vision that started 14 years ago when the Arakwal were handed back the land and a business plan was developed.

‘The idea came from the elders when the park got handed over to Arakwal and we developed a business plan around what we could do out here,’ said Sharon Sloane, general manager of Tallows Nominees who is managing Aunties Cafe.

‘This was a special place for the Aunties out here, and we wanted to make it with Aboriginal foods so that it was a cafe with an authentic cultural experience for people. There are Aboriginal flavourings right through the menu.’

‘Aunties Cafe has been a long awaited project that we are excited to share with the wider community, tourists and locals,’ said Sharon.

‘We are serving locally sourced foods with native ingredients like finger lime, bush tomato, lemon myrtle, wattle seeds, warrigal greens and many others. We have native ingredients and supplies coming from local producers in the Byron region.’

Utilising local knowledge and ingredients Sharon said they hope to be able to develop a range of sauces and jams for sale at the cafe as well as using Aunties Cafe as a basis for training of Arakwal people some time in the future.

‘Broken Head is very special for Arakwal people and the history of Aboriginal Australia is a long and fascinating one. We are proud to have our own slice of it right here in Broken Head and are able to share it with everyone,’ said Sharon.

Aunties Cafe will be open Wednesday to Sunday, 7am till 2pm.

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