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Food Trucks in the City

Food Trucks in the City

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See how the community helped us find the best locations for food trucks to operate in the City of Melville.

Last Updated: 1 August 2019

Community Involvement

Food trucks are a growing trend in Western Australia, nationally and globally as a way to activate spaces and increase social connection and vibrancy within neighbourhoods. Your feedback influenced which locations were ultimately approved and provided guidance to the City on the types of food and operating hours preferred for each location.

The community were consulted to understand whether they were supportive of eleven proposed locations and also to identify preferred food types, hours of operation and any potential issues or risks.

The locations proposed were, Point Walter Reserve, Burke Drive (Roberts Road), Melville Reserve, Jeff Joseph Park, Apex Park, Wireless Hill, Mount Henry Bridge Reserve, Piney Lakes Reserve, George Hume Park, Bob Gorden Reserve, Peter Ellis Park.

The following people were contacted:

  • A random sample of people living within 300m (walking distance) of potential locations
  • City of Melville residents and ratepayers
  • Food businesses located within 300m and current food van operators.
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Engagement Results

Feedback from the online survey and community discussion forum has be collated and analysed below:

The outcome from both engagement methods showed considerable enthusiasm for increasing the number of locations at which food trucks could operate. The survey received 121 responses and 225 comments were contributed by the broader community.

What we know from the online survey:

The top four preferences for food trucks as:

  1. Point Walter Reserve – 69% said ‘Yes’
  2. Mount Henry Bridge Reserve – 65% said ‘Yes’
  3. Wireless Hill – 61% said ‘Yes’
  4. Piney Lakes Reserve – 58% said ‘Yes'

What we know from the discussion forum:

  • Public enthusiasm for the idea of food truck in more of the City’s parks and reserves and the benefits likely to accrue for both the community and visitors alike.
  • Parking availability is a critical success factor for determining which parks or reserves could be used for food truck
  • Belief that the increased presence food truck will help build a sense of community, making spaces more vibrant and attractive to locals and visitors alike.
  • Recognition that food truck will attract others from outside the area, potentially contributing to local growth and prosperity.

Read the Engagement Report

About the Engagement

Through consultation for the City of Melville’s strategic community plan the community told us they wanted to see more support of local small business and more opportunities for people to get to know one another and do things together in their neighbourhoods.

Currently, mobile food trader operations within the City of Melville are limited, with only a handful of coffee vans operating throughout the City at regular locations. Food trucks serving substantial offerings are generally only seen at larger organised events.

Through making it easier to food trucks to operate within pre-approved locations, the City is helping achieve the community aspirations of sense of community by activating those locations and proving more opportunities for residents to get out and about in their local suburbs.

It also helps achieve the City’s community aspiration of growth and prosperity by providing more opportunities for local food truck owners to operate within the City and by giving residents more opportunities to support small businesses within their community.

Timeline

  • Monday, 27 May to Friday, 7 June 2019
  • Community discussion
  • Monday, 27 May 2019
  • Community survey opens
    Sent to a random sample of residents and ratepayers
  • Friday, 7 June 2019
  • Community discussion and survey closes
  • 1 August 2019
  • Engagement results available

How We Engaged with You

Who did we engage with?

We engaged with the community to understand whether they were supportive of the proposed locations as well as identifed preferred food types, hours of operation and any potential issues or risks.

The following people will be contacted:

  • A random sample of people living within 300m (walking distance) of potential sites
  • City of Melville residents and ratepayers

We are also informed food businesses located within 300m and food van operators of the engagement.

How could the community get involved?

Direct emails were sent to a random sample of residents living within 300m of potential sites to ask for their feedback via a survey.

On Melville Talks, the community could join a disucssion on which locations they think are best and what they would like to see there.

What will happen with the information from the survey and online discussion?

The results will inform the practical implementation of the City’s local law Activities in Thoroughfares, Public Places and Trading Local Law 2014 concerning food vans, in ways that are fair, transparent and can be linked to final outcomes of engagement.

Feedback will influence whether locations are ultimately approved for food truck operation, as well as give guidance to the City on the types of food and operating hours preferred.

FAQs

How were locations chosen?

The locations were selected after a rigorous assessment process, which looked at their suitability across a range of criteria including suitability for activation, ample parking, ease of traffic flow, public toilet access and capacity to accommodate food trucks.

How many food trucks will be able to operate at eat site?

This depends on the location. Some locations will only be able to host one food truck at a time, while some of the bigger locations will be able to host up to three.

The number of food trucks permitted per location will be determined by the site’s capacity, and the types of food trucks will be informed by the community consultation process.

How will you determine what cuisines/offerings to have at each site?

This will be informed by the community through a formal engagement process. The City is asking the community to nominate cuisines/offerings they want to see at each site, as well as what operating hours they would prefer.

What times will food trucks be able to operate at each site?

This will be determined in part by the community, with consideration given to existing food businesses located within 300m. Once this is known, it will be communicated to potential operators when they apply for the location.

I am an existing food business nearby, how will this impact me?

If a potential location is within 300m of an existing food business, the food trucks will only be permitted to trade outside that business’s operating hours unless their offering complements or is not provided by the existing food business. By implementing restrictions on trading hours and/or offerings for successful operators, we are confident that the impact on your business will be minimal.

I am a food truck operator, how can I appy to operate at a site?

The exact process for applying for a site has not been determined. It is anticipated that it will coincide with the annual mobile food vehicle permit application process, but is still being explored and will be communicated to across the City once known to give all operators equal opportunity to apply for any of the locations.

How will food truck operators be selected?

The exact process for applying and selecting food truck operators for each approved location has yet to been determined, and will be explored and communicated to widely across the City to give all operators equal opportunity to apply for any of the locations.

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