The canteen is managed by Kommercial Café - a division of Karingal which provides opportunities and access for people with disabilities.
Shell Geelong Refinery General Manager, Mark Schubert, Karingal Chief Executive Officer, Daryl Starkey, and City of Greater Geelong Acting Mayor, Cr Cameron Granger, pitted their artistic and culinary skills against each other in the ultimate cake decorating challenge and offered their creations to a panel of judges comprising Luke Mangan and Kommercial Café employees!
Karingal Chief Executive Officer, Daryl Starkey, said the competition was a fun way to launch the refinery’s new canteen and highlighted the friendly and inclusive atmosphere of Kommercial’s newest venture.
“We are enormously proud of how the Kommercial Café team are operating at the refinery and we sincerely thank Shell for giving us the opportunity to prove yet again we can provide a quality service,” said Daryl.
“By appointing Kommercial as its canteen operator, Shell – including its employees and contractors - are helping to assist people with disabilities to enjoy a productive and valued work life,” he said.
Refinery General Manager, Mark Schubert, said the appointment of Kommercial and the long overdue canteen refurbishment have been welcomed warmly by the refinery.
“Shell has always admired Karingal’s philosophy that all people should be treated with respect and have the opportunity to live as valued members of their community,” said Mark.
“Kommercial employees have maintained the Geelong refinery buffer zone for more than six years so when the opportunity arose to extend our involvement we jumped at the chance,” he said.
City of Greater Geelong Acting Mayor Cr Cameron Granger commended Shell and Kommercial on the new business venture.
“This is a fantastic initiative that serves a business need while at the same time supporting local people with disabilities. I encourage other businesses – large and small – to investigate how Kommercial might be able to assist them,” Cr Granger said.
Along with managing his award-winning restaurants both within Australia and abroad, Luke Mangan, is an ardent supporter of various charities, devoting both his time and expertise to raise money. He is intimately aware of the employment opportunities Kommercial Café provides with his niece being a long-term employee.
“I am extremely supportive of Kommercial, particularly the empowerment they give to people with disabilities through their employment and mentoring program,” said Luke.
“I have experienced many successes in this tough industry and I credit this to the great chefs and mentors I have had during my career,” he said.
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‘Master' Cake Icing Competition with Luke Mangan as judge. Competitors will be: Karingal Chief Executive Officer, Daryl Starkey, Shell Geelong Refinery’s General Manager, Mark Schubert, and City Of Greater Geelong Acting Mayor, Cr Cameron Granger.
All food in the Kommercial Café is fresh and house-made on-site each day by Kommercial’s professional chefs and their supported workers.
For further information please contact:
Helen Kostiuk – Karingal – Tel: 0413 754 606 – or firstname.lastname@example.org
Jessica Marriner – Shell Geelong Refinery – Tel: 0410 655 162 or Jessica.email@example.com
For Luke Mangan - Mairead O’Conner on 0407 246 776