By Brendan Foster | WA Today
A food truck could be booted off Leighton Beach in North Fremantle because local residents have complained about the noise coming from its generator.
Comida do Sul, which serves Brazilian food, has been a regular at the beach on Saturdays and Sundays at lunch time for the past year. It is part of a food truck movement that has spread across Perth, after becoming popular throughout the USA.
Joel Rees, who runs Comida do Sul with his Brazilian wife, Dani Flauzino, said the complaint from residents living in beachside apartments had left a bitter taste in his mouth.
“The area is dead without us,” he told Fairfax Media.
“There are sometimes 100 people sitting around on the beach enjoying our food. It’s basically our best trade.”
Some of the complaints to the City of Fremantle – which has just completed a year-long food truck trial – range from the pop up-food jalopies leaving “a lot of oil and grease stains and dirty marks on the cobblestones”; to the “noise from their generators are also very disturbing and upsets the peaceful enjoyment of our homes”.
Mr Rees said he set up a petition on the food wagons’ Facebook page and had been blown away by the support. He is planning to send the signatures to the City of Fremantle to garnish some support.
“We can’t be within 50 metres of the closest house and we don’t leave any rubbish behind,” he said.
“Just because some old dude living in a penthouse complains about the noise we may have to move.”
Fremantle mayor Brad Pettitt was hoping to bring the food truck owners and locals together to break bread.
“We will work with staff and the people running the trucks and local residents, because you can’t have generators buzzing in the background,” he said.
“We had to move one truck away from South Beach, because it was too close to the cafe, but the cafe at Leighton is a year away, so there is nothing around there at the moment.”
Dr Pettitt said the food truck trial was a “roaring success”.
He is hoping the food vans will become a permanent fixture in the port city.
“They offer up cheap, casual food in places where there is generally no amenity or infrastructure,” he said.
“It has been very successful and we are even looking at expanding to a couple of new locations.”