Mosman Park: ‘loud’ ice cream vans to be allowed to play Greensleeves despite complaints; council backs food truck policy

Meast food truck owner Sandra Bahbah serves customers.
Meast food truck owner Sandra Bahbah serves customers.

ICE CREAM vans in the Town of Mosman Park will retain the ability to play the famous Greensleeves tune seven days a week.

The tune was threatened after complaints about it being played loudly on weekends.

A recommendation put to Mosman Park councillors suggested itinerant food vans be restricted from playing music on Sundays.

But councillors disagreed, voting last night to allow the ditty to be played all week.

Four submissions were made during the consultation process indicating music was intrusive when played on both Saturdays and Sundays.

But with 97 submissions made, Mayor Ron Norris said the handful of complaints “wasn’t really ground for change”.

The issue over the tune was one element of a policy the council considered in a bid to encourage mobile food vendors to activate underutilised space in the Town.

The temporary food trading policy put to councillors included eight possible food trading locations.

Included were the Curtin Avenue carpark, the boat ramp on Johnson Parade, Mann Oval, Minim Cove and the Bay View Lookout.

Councillors voted to back an amended policy, allowing ice cream vans to play music on Sunday and scrapping the potential for traders to operate at Bay View Lookout and the Johnson Parade boat ramp.

Mr Norris said the number of traders at the Mosman Park Tennis Club would also be limited to one.

Town chief executive Mark Goodlet this week said demand had driven the council to consider the new policy.

“There has been a demand from traders that have not previously operated in the Town and we have been keen to maximise our Town’s stunning locations by providing residents and visitors with new and exciting dining options,” he said.

Sandra Bahbah, owner of food truck Meast and vice president of the WA Mobile Food Vendors Association, said new opportunities for WA’s 1400 mobile food vehicles to operate was exciting.

“So many suburbs have big spaces that are underutilised and by activating these areas they are creating a new spot for people to take their families and build on that sense of community,” she said.

Ms Bahbah’s food truck, which offers a range of Middle Eastern food, can be found at UWA and Murdoch University each week, as well as special weekend events.

She said location was key.

“There are locations which all vendors know are popular and as a result there are huge waiting lists to be selected to trade,” she said.

The Town will allocate trading permits to applicants on an annual basis.

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