And what a journey it has been since, renovating the tram into a coffee shop configuration whilst trying to keep as many original components as possible.
Fast forward a year and we find the tram nestled up on a small hill between trees, on the only parcel of council land, above the flood zone in Diamond Creek. The construction phase of the project has been completed and the Tram Café opened on 31 October 2020. The fully refurbished tram café with a large deck and pergola and the state of the art playgrounds will become huge attractions – not just to local residents but we also envisage to the wider community.
Most of our members have now completed their Food Handling Certificates and are volunteering at the Tram Café. Araluen, a disability support service in Diamond Creek, run the café three days a week. Local community groups are invited to participate in running the café on weekends for an opportunity to share in the profits. If your community group would be interested in participating, please Email Diamond Creek Rotary Club.
This project is up there with the biggest that the club has ever undertaken. It has seen community support and business donations of an absolutely incredible nature. The generosity and support for this project has led to a facility that will serve the community for years to come.
A crazy idea, that many doubted would eventuate, has been made a reality by good people and hard work.
Secretary – Rotary Club of Diamond Creek