Van trial to consider existing retailer welfare

Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi said the initial trial between February and May was a great success, but a longer trial was required to get a sense of whether permanent food vans would be viable in the city.

�A second and longer trial is necessary to investigate whether mobile food trading could become a permanent fixture in the inner-city,� Ms Scaffidi said.

�Beginning in October this year, the new trial will culminate with the introduction of a policy submission to council that will be considered carefully to ensure existing food retailers are not disadvantaged.

�Often the best meals are slow cooked, and it is clear Perth has an appetite for the flavour of food trucks, but we need to go slowly to get the balance of ratepaying food retailers and those who operate temporarily under permits.�

Food truck operators would have to apply to the City to be part of the trial and pay a $1141.80 annual fee if given a permit.

Ms Scaffidi said the City would make an announcement about application submissions later this year.

�Food truck operations globally have been shown to draw people and activity to untapped areas and offer people unique and convenient food options,� Ms Scaffidi said.

�The first trial happened because of the overwhelming support � now we know how much they are loved.�