IT is more expensive to operate a food van at Crimea Park in Morley compared to Elizabeth Quay, Hyde Park and The Esplanade, but 12 operators are set to have their permit fees slashed.
The City currently has a dual permit system, including three-month permits at Crimea Park costing $500, $1000 for six months and $2000 for 12 months.
Twelve other permitted locations in the City cost half as much.
At last night’s committee meeting, the council unanimously supported councillor Filomena Piffaretti’s alternate motion which supported a single fee structure and use of a draft assessment matrix to issue 12 traders with permits twice a year.
Council will consider a fee structure for all mobile food vehicle permits within the City as part of the 2018-19 Budget at the July 3 special council meeting.
The proposed fee structure includes a three-month permit cost of $250, six-month cost of $500 and 12-month cost of $1000.
Cr Piffaretti said the City was the only local government that used a dual permit system, which did not benefit small businesses.
“How does this ridiculous difference in cost incentivise small business owners to do business within our City?” she said.
“Morley in particular is in an area that needs vibrancy and activation, yet it is currently more expensive to operate from Elizabeth Quay in the city, Hyde Park in North Perth or the Esplanade in Fremantle.
“While I understand the reason for limiting the amount of traders at Crimea Park, I do not agree with the current process of a first come, first serve.
“I think it is important for the City to ensure permits are issued to traders offering affordable food options, unique food experiences, accommodating various dietary requirements and I also support giving a slight preference to applications submitted by residents of the City of Bayswater.”
According to an officer’s report, there are 12 operators at Crimea Park and a further 10 on the waiting list, with the permits expiring before August 1.
The report described Crimea Park as a “highly seasonal location” which had a peak period during the autumn and winter period, as operators generally chose to trade at more profitable festivals and events at other locations during spring and summer.
City of Bayswater’s permit fees compared to other local governments
City of Bayswater Crimea Park only – $500 (three months), $1000 (six months), $2000 (12 months)
City of Bayswater – other locations (excluding Crimea Park) – $250, $500, $1000
City of Perth – all locations – $1200 (12 months)
City of South Perth – all locations -$1600 (12 months)
City of Vincent – all locations – $900 (12 months)
City of Fremantle – all locations – $521.10 (12 months)
City of Rockingham – all locations – $1000