Town of Mosman Park to consider use of food vendors to bring activity to underutilised spaces

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

MOBILE food vendors could be used to activate underutilised space in the Town of Mosman Park.

Councillors will tonight consider adopting a new temporary food trading policy, which includes eight possible food trading locations within the Town.

Included is the Curtin Avenue carpark – where the Town’s only two mobile food operators are stationed – the boat ramp on Johnson Parade, Mann Oval, Minim Cove and the Bay View Lookout.

Town chief executive Mark Goodlet 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.

A four week consultation period revealed about two thirds of respondents were happy with the proposal, while one third were unhappy and the rest neutral.

That feedback, which included comments about the impact on existing local businesses, litter and the potential to spoil the atmosphere, prompted changes to the draft proposal, including limits to operating hours and noise.

Mr Goodlet was confident the policy was well balanced.

“The Town wants food traders to contribute to the character and energy of parks and reserves without interrupting residents’ and visitors’ enjoyment of the area,” he said.

“The policy has been designed to encourage community connectivity and support quality eating experiences without compromising the character and amenity of the trading areas.

“The trucks will come into their own during the warm weather when residents and visitors flock to our iconic bay-side and ocean-front spaces.”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.

Should it be backed by councillors, the Town will allocate trading permits to applicants on an annual basis.

Proposed Mobile Food Trading Locations in Mosman Park
1 – The beach/ Curtin Avenue (three sites)
2 – The boat ramp/ Johnson Parade (one site)
3 – Mann Oval (one site, up to four trucks)
4 – Skate park/ Tom Perrott Reserve (one site)
5 – Minim Cove (one site)
6 – Chidley Point (two sites)
7 – Bay View Lookout (one site)
8 – Stirling Highway by the War Tunnels Parking Area (one site)

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