On course for bush tucker trial

‘We’ll be serving bush-inspired food including slow-cooked buffalo brisket sliders and pizzas with crocodile,’ Children’s Global Food Hygiene Foundation founder Keith Gregory, of Mosman Park, said.

The van will operate on Monday evenings near Manners Hill Park to give Aboriginal youth from regional towns experience in food selling, after completing a three-month course in business in Fremantle.

The foundation will seek commitments that the youth’s hometowns host similar vans at their communities’ events after their training is completed.

‘We chose Peppermint Grove for the trial of the van because of all the private schools in the area that have kids from the country,’ Mr Gregory said.

He will hold talks with St Hilda’s Anglican School for Girls to determine whether any of its Aboriginal students would complement the trial with displays of their culture, including dance.

In 2004, an application for another mobile food van was rejected by the council because it would have competed with the adjacent foreshore kiosk.

However, councillors agreed Mosman’s restaurant would get the lease for a pavilion with a limited liquor licence to replace the kiosk last week.

‘The kiosk shuts at 4.30pm and there will be a hiatus until when the pavilion opens, so there won’t be much of a clash with the van,’ Peppermint Grove President Rachel Thomas said.