Draft food truck policy on public exhibition

Friday 28 July 2017

Inner West Council’s new draft Mobile Food Vending policy and draft checklist is now on public exhibition, and everyone is invited to have their say.

The draft policy outlines where and when food trucks can operate, while still meeting public health requirements, protecting existing business and minimising impacts on residents.

While food trucks would lead to a more vibrant night-time economy, the draft policy will provide clarity for food truck operators about exactly where they can set up business, said Inner West Council Administrator Richard Pearson.

“Food trucks can trade in places that have no other affordable food options available late at night, or in areas that may be under used and in need of a bit more life,” Mr Pearson said.

“Our residents have told us they want more accessible, affordable and diverse late-night eating options. We are keen to provide this because food trucks add a fun element, which in turn makes out streets more enjoyable and even safer,” he said.

“However, there will still be locations where food trucks can’t set up – for important reasons. The draft policy will help would-be operators understand where they can, and can’t, set up.”

According to the draft policy, food trucks would be allowed to pull up to a kerb, into a parking spot, and to trade on to the footpath but will not be allowed in town centres to protect existing pubs and cafes. Permits, such as health and safety, would still be required.

As well, food trucks cannot operate within 100 metres of an existing food outlet, or on many major roads in the inner west, where Inner West Council does not have jurisdiction (State roads).

“Council is seeking to get the balance right on this policy and will be very interested in the views of the community, business owners and food truck operators,” Mr Pearson said.

The draft policy is now open for comment, and everyone’s invited to have their say. Go to www.yoursayinnerwest.com.au

Council will hold two information sessions at the Petersham Service Centre, 2 -14 Fisher Street Petersham on Monday 14 August, at 11am and 5pm.

A report on the submissions received will be prepared and the policy, along with any amendments, will be submitted to Council for adoption in the near future.

Comments close Friday 25 August.

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