A COMMUNITY café in Bass has received a $5000 grant from the Bass Coast Shire Council.
Locals Ross and Tracey Denby run not-for-profit Paul’s Table, created to bring people closer together.
Everything at the café in the Bass Valley Community Hall costs less than $2.
It’s the couple’s way of giving back to the community and they didn’t want to make it too expensive.
“The grant is council telling us they’re appreciative of what we’re doing and we’re very grateful,” Ross said.
“We’ve applied for other grants, but this is the first one we’ve received.”
The dynamic duo set up the disability-friendly café in March and named it after their son Paul who died in 1999.
The café, open on Wednesdays and Sundays, has a mix of quiet and busy days.
“I don’t mind when it’s quiet because that’s when we can talk to people,” Ross said.
“We don’t we want to be a machine making coffees and food. We want to be able to sit and listen to people.”
They wouldn’t have been able to get the grant, used to pay for stainless steel counters, without the support of the Bass Valley Community Centre.
“You had to be under the umbrella of someone else to apply for the grant and had we never have been under them, it just wouldn’t have happened.”
Ross and Tracey had plans to buy a house in Brighton, move it to Bass and transform it into the café.
It would mean they wouldn’t have to constantly unpack and pack equipment at the hall, a tiring exercise for both of them.
The house cost $750 and it was going to cost $70,000 to move the average-looking house from Brighton and a further $40,000 to renovate it.
“It’s not worth it,” Ross said.
The couple is instead going to work on renovating a 78-year-old house in Bass.
Paul’s Table is open on Wednesdays and Sundays from 10am to 2pm at the Bass Valley Community Hall.