By Aoife Boothroyd | Hospitality Magazine
Food trucks may once aging be hitting the streets of Newcastle should a new trail be considered by the city’s council.
Following the success of food trucks in Sydney, a number of operators have shown interest in taking their business to Newcastle, however a number of legislative barriers prevented them from operating.
The Newcastle Herald reports that while a select few have been able to operate under the previous law, several other operators remain in limbo while a new policy is drafted.
Labor councillors have requested that the formulation of the new policy be sped up, together with the provision of temporary licences for to those wishing to trade in the meantime.
Labor councillor, Nuatali Nelmes is pushing for the legislation to be approved, stating that the food trucks “encourage diversity in takeaway food options” at locations where food options are scarce.
In her submission, Nelmes stated that the trucks will help contribute to the revitalisation of the city of Newcastle by creating “temporary clusters of activity that enliven public spaces”.
Council staff told The Herald that a draft policy was close to being finalised and that interim licences could be applied for while the legislation is finalised. The council’s report did however state that it was aiming to strike a competitive balance between the mobile vendors and established food venues.
‘‘The operation of mobile food vending vehicles is a potential cause for concern for other food businesses and for sporting and community organisations that generate funding from food sales,’’ the report read.
The City of Perth will this week vote on a proposed food truck trial, which would see up to 10 trucks operating in the city for four months. Should it be approved, the trial will most likely kick off in February and will be restricted to food trucks, excluding carts and trailers.