Clarence City Council has unanimously approved a Mobile Food Business in Public Places Policy which will allow the operation of mobile food businesses on public land.

The policy will be adopted for a 12-month trial basis and will govern the permit process to allow mobile food vendors to operate on council-owned or managed land.

The trial will include select locations including Bellerive Beach, Clarence Mountain Bike Park Carpark, Cremorne Beach, Salacia Park, Seven Mile Beach Day Use Area 1, and South Street Dog Park.

Clarence City Council Mayor Alderman Doug Chipman said the policy would apply to mobile food businesses operating in public places within the City of Clarence, including car parks.

“Allowing mobile food vendors to operate in these key areas of our city will contribute to enhancing our public spaces,” he said.

“There will also be several economic and social benefits, as mobile food vendors will provide our community with additional choice that complements the food offerings already provided by other food outlets.

“As we progress on the road to COVID-19 recovery, it is important that we continue to invest in stimulating the local economy.

“With the summer season fast approaching, we look forward to seeing the community take advantage of these mobile food vendors while out enjoying the fantastic public spaces our city has to offer.”

The trial site locations have been selected based on a set of criteria including the health and wellbeing of the community, safety, existing business operations, food van vendor operations and land use.

Following the 12-month trial period, consultation will be undertaken with businesses, residents and food business venders to determine if it will become a permanent arrangement.