Food truck community initiative a winner for City of Vincent planner

City of Vincent planner David Doy has been praised for his initiative in creating a food truck community. Picture: Andrew Ritchie
City of Vincent planner David Doy has been praised for his initiative in creating a food truck community. Picture: Andrew Ritchie

CREATING a food truck community within the City of Vincent, among other achievements, has scored David Doy a top gong in local government planning.

Mr Doy, who was brought on as a Place Manager in 2014 at the City, received the annual most significant contribution to planning award from the Local Government Planning Association for his active role in planning for mobile food vans and leadership in place making initiatives through his innovative thinking.

He said his approach was to help food truck owners work together.

“The consultation process looked at the most appropriate places for them and we ran a three-month trial and came up with a policy,” he said.

“We came up with zones that allowed three trucks per zone, but it was up to them to communicate with each other on who would go where.

“We didn’t want to over regulate, we wanted the onus to be back on them.”

Mr Doy said the next big projects would be new plans for each of the five town centres within the City of Vincent.

“We are working with local community groups and getting feedback from residents instead of leaving them to lobby councillors for change,” he said.

Mr Doy said he was also keen to see the North Perth Common come to fruition, a plan that was passed at the July 25 council meeting that endorsed the corner of View and Fitzgerald streets for new open space.

Mayor Emma Cole said Mr Doy had “done us proud.”

“He has built a great rapport with the team,” she said.