Cup From Above & The Queensland Plan

On Friday, 10th May a bunch of leaders from across this great State of Queensland got together in Mackay to start mapping out a 30 year plan.  I was really honoured to be invited along by Tracy Davis MP, Member for Aspley and Minister for Communities, Child Safety & Disability Services.  Also representing our electorate was Melanie Pope, manager of the Aspley branch of Westpac Bank & Andrew Duncan, principal of Aspley State School.

Tracy Davis

Andrew Duncan, Melanie Pope, Tracy Davis MP & Adam Cocks

I sincerely applaud the efforts of Premier Campbell Newman at bringing together the Queensland Plan.  It’s an unprecedented effort in bringing together the entire state to plan together for our collective future.

Adam & Campbell Newman

Adam Cocks & Premier Campbell Newman








For the plan to be effective it is essential that all Queenslanders have a say.  To find out more please visit the website here.

And stay tuned.  Cup From Above will be working with Tracy Davis in the Aspley electorate to help gather your thoughts, plans & dreams for our great State of Queensland.

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Tracy Davis MP commends CFA in Queenland Parliament

We were very honoured to be mentioned in Queensland Parliament recently by Tracy Davis MP.  Tracy Davis is the State Minister for Communities, Child Safety & Disability Services, member for Aspley and, most importantly, regular coffee drinker at Cup From Above.
Here is an excerpt of her speech in parliament on 18th April 2013.
Hon. TE DAVIS (Aspley—LNP) (Minister for Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services) (3.24 pm): Today it gives me great pleasure to rise to commend the work of a terrific small business in my electorate. Located in the heart of Aspley on Gympie Road, at the 340 bus stop, is the Cup From Above Cafe. Cup From Above is where art, music and good coffee are found, but Cup From Above is much more than that. It is where the cafe employees, locals and volunteers come together to support the less advantaged and each other.
In the past week, Cup From Above has made national headlines, including articles in the Australian and the Courier-Mail, in regards to its most recent initiative, suspended coffees. The practice of suspended coffees originated in Italy more than decade ago. It encourages strangers to buy coffee for the homeless and disadvantaged. Suspended coffees provide support to those who need a sanctuary to relax and somewhere to be welcomed with open arms and a warm beverage. Adam is trialling suspended coffees this month, exchanging heart shaped tokens for coffees paid forward, which are then displayed on a rack in the cafe. So far, the suspended coffees have been distributed to disadvantaged residents in the Aspley Acres Caravan Park.
Since its opening in June last year, Cup From Above has built a great reputation for its passion for community. Adam, who also works as a disability support worker on the Sunshine Coast, is passionate about his work in the disability community and his passion is clearly reflected in his cafe. Artworks donated by local artists line the wall. Proceeds from the sale of art go towards purchasing instruments for the students at Aspley Special School. Cup From Above also runs live-music sessions where all of the musicians play for charity and, of course, there is always a donations jar. Cup From Above may be small but, as the adage goes, good things come in small packages.
I was thrilled when Adam accepted my invitation to be one of the three Aspley electorate representatives to travel to Mackay to discuss and contribute ideas in the development of the Queensland Plan. It is wonderful to see this level of community spirit and support thriving in my electorate, where a community can bond together to promote equality and improve the lifestyles of those less fortunate or in need of support.
Excerpt taken from the Hansard website here
Tracy Davis champions many community focussed organisations and people in the disability community.  We are very grateful to have a local Member so dedicated to our community.   You can find out more about Tracy on her website here or follow her on her facebook page
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Peter Rowe in the Paper

Peter Rowe held his Art Exhibition here at Cup From Above on 9th August 2012.  We were very honoured to have Tracy Davis, the state minister for Disabilities and Communities, along to share a few words.  We also had Anthony Anderton who runs Art From the Margins.  Art From the Margins is an amazing organisation.  You can find more about them here.  And of course we were very grateful to have Jacqueline Husson from the Star Newspaper along to write this article.

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