Sheila McHale

Sheila McHale

Minister for Disability Services; Tourism; Culture and the Arts; Consumer Protection

    Bigger and better Dome on Rottnest

    8/04/2008 12:00 AM

    Tourism Minister Sheila McHale today announced that a new lease had been signed with Dome Coffees Australia for the popular Dome cafe to continue operations on Rottnest Island in newly developed premises.


    “Dome Coffees are investing in excess of $2million into a purpose-built larger building, to be constructed about 10m behind the current Dome on the old Tearooms site,” Ms McHale said.


    The Minister said the original building would be demolished, with the site returned to sand dunes. The new Dome would be capable of catering for about 160 people.


    “The new lease and Dome Coffees’ plans to redevelop their premises are part of an anticipated total private business investment of $70million over the next two years on Rottnest,” Ms McHale said.


    Dome Coffee’s chief executive officer Nigel Oakey said continuing operations required a larger building, better able to provide a quality service for the increasing number of visitors coming to the island.


    “Dome Coffees is looking forward to continuing its association with Rottnest Island, providing barista services, light snacks and meals in a dress circle location,” Mr Oakey said.


    “Our revised plans, which have been approved by the Heritage Council, have taken into account feedback relating to the scale of the building, but still reflect the architecture of many of the island’s heritage buildings.”


    Ms McHale said the construction works would commence soon and be completed in time to open for business for the peak summer season in November.


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