Leumeah industrial area changes its tune

Music to Campbelltonians ears: Iracema Pang with a piano inside her Leumeah cafe. Picture: Chris Lane
Music to Campbelltonians ears: Iracema Pang with a piano inside her Leumeah cafe. Picture: Chris Lane

By day, Leumeah’s industrial area is a destination for people wanting to buy bulky goods like beds and furniture.

But Bow Bowing’s Iracema Pang hopes, when dusk falls, the area can become a destination for live music as well.

Just over two months ago, Mrs Pang opened up a new cafe – Eclectic Nest Co –  in the industrial precinct just a stone’s throw away from the Panjo building.

She was determined to do more with the space than simply make lattes and sell avocado on toast.

The aim was to establish a creative space where people could work out of for the day or hold workshops.

She also hopes nightly live music will become commonplace.

The cafe will host the first of what is hoped to be many gigs on April 26, when Melbourne duo Wolf and Willow roll into town.

“I wanted to do something different and bring a change to Campbelltown,” she said.

“We will see how we go and if we can attract more local bands.

“There is so much talent in south-west Sydney.”

Mrs Pang said Leumeah was the perfect location for people in Macarthur to get to and it was also easily accessible for out-of-towners.

“I looked at the whole of Campbelltown and Leumeah was very central,” she said.

“It’s dead-set in the middle and there’s also easy access to the motorway.”

While the prospect of regular, live music was exciting, Mrs Pang said she was determined to put the ‘local’ back into ‘local business’.

A number of Macarthur entrepreneurs supply her cafe, with others also hailing from the outskirts of region – including Wollongong.

However, she urged other Macarthur residents to contact the cafe should they also want to come on board.

“Our honey supplier is in Kentlyn and we also use Country Valley Milk from Picton,” she said.

“We want to find more and more people that are local but we couldn’t do it straight away.

“I’m always looking for local suppliers.”

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