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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : April 15th 2009
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, April 16, 2009 15 NEWS Tea-riffic venture SHIREEN KHALIL Jeremy (top) and Ainsley (above) Roper grow tea in Strathfield. Pictures: PHIL BLATCH A NORTH Strathfield fam- ily has turned a passion for tea into a successful busi- ness. The Roper family has a long connection with the tea industry dating back three generations. ''I started my tea planting in Ceylon, where I worked for a British tea company for 20 years, and when things weren't getting too good there, I decided to come to Australia in 1972,'' Ainsley Roper said. Over time Mr Roper started to miss good-tasting tea and, while growing a tea tree in his North Strathfield backyard, he decided it was time to revisit history. ''I used to buy tea in the supermarket but it was not like the tea that was fresh from the tea factory in Sri Lanka,'' Mr Roper said. A couple of years ago Mr Roper got his family friend, who owns a tea garden and manufacturing business in Ceylon, to packet the tea and send it to Australia. '' My son Jeremy was very interested in opening a busi- ness and I said, 'Why don't we get some tea and give it to people and let them taste it and see what they think', and it really took off from there.'' The Broken Orange Pekoe (black tea) has been a great success in the local com- munity, with the Roper fam- ily selling thousands of packets through festivals and markets in December alone. ''It has a lot of potential because this tea is not bulked -- the main thing is the tea comes straight from the plantation factory (un- blended) and we ask them the specifications of what we require here for the Australian tea palate,'' Mr Roper said. His son Jeremy wants to continue the family tra- dition. ''I have always been interested to keep alive and continue the family associ- ation with the Ceylon tea industry,'' he said. The Roper family now has a registered tea business in Australia called Roper- Tyler Trading. Details: 9746 3802. Trivia night raises $3000 for PCYC BURWOOD Rotary Club's trivia night at Burwood RSL Club in February raised $3000 for Burwood PCYC. The Police and Community Youth Club gets no direct government money, is now a registered charity, and relies heavily on community groups such as Rotary to continue its vital work with young people. Costs were minimised thanks to sponsorship support from businesses including Burwood Skin Care, Greater Union Westfield Burwood, Officeworks Five Dock, Croydon Park Veterinary Clinic, OneWorld health products and EyeCare Plus of Burwood. Ashfield Business Chamber Inc Ordinary Meeting 6.30pm, Tuesday 20 April 2009 Level 3, Civic Centre, 260 Liverpool Road Ashfield NSW 2131 Non Chamber members are encouraged to attend This general meeting of the Ashfield Business Chamber is dedicated to Ashfield's Biggest Conversation, whereby business has an opportunity to input into Ashfield Council's strategic planning. Join Chamber members for some networking after the event -- food, beer and wine will be provided. Registration is essential. Contact Duncan Gilchrist on 9716 1920 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: (02) 9716 1800 | Fax: (02) 9716 1911 Customer Service Centre 260 Liverpool Road, Ashfield NSW 2131 email@example.com | www.ashfield.nsw.gov.au 2201626i iww wk42 News from Ashfield Council all you need Over 50 Specialty Stores, FREE 3 hour shopper carparking 42 - 50 Railway Parade, Burwood. Phone: 9744 0251 Shopping made easy You can find all you need at Burwood Plaza. Shop21--Level1--0297451313 Wishing our Orthodox customers a HAPPY EASTER! Roast Pork Belly $17.99 per kg Whole Roasted Lambs (Orders only) Chevapi $6.50 a packet PLUS HEAPS MORE! Hope to see you soon. Special offer valid from 16.04.2009 -- 22.04.2009 Shop 32/33 -- Level 1 - 02 9744 0200 Denim Jeans WAS $29.95 NOW $14.95 UP TO 20% OFF Boyswear Special offer valid from 16.04.2009 -- 22.04.2009
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