Tucker truckers: bid to ease way for food vehicles in Wollongong - Illawarra Greens

Tucker truckers: bid to ease way for food vehicles in Wollongong

Greens councillor Mithra Cox has a motion before next Monday’s meeting of Wollongong City Council to review the rules and process for gaining approval for a food truck.

Read the article by Ben Langford in The Illawarra Mercury, 15 November 2018

BOOM BOXES: Los Angeles has been at the centre of the food truck boom worldwide, often involving fusion food such as Korean tacos. This truck is at Venice Beach.

BOOM BOXES: Los Angeles has been at the centre of the food truck boom worldwide, often involving fusion food such as Korean tacos. This truck is at Venice Beach.

The tucker trucks have been a global phenomenon in recent years, riding the wave of popularity for casual eats and small, pop-up venues.

Greens councillor Mithra Cox has a motion before next Monday’s meeting of Wollongong City Council to review the rules and process for gaining approval for a food truck.

“Food trucks are increasingly popular in cites around the world, and have been used successfully to promote nightlife, and give people a reason to use our public spaces at night,” Cr Cox said. 

SYDNEY SLIDERS: Brothers Joey and NIck Yilmaz have had a hit with their family owned and operated Chubby Burgers food truck in Lidcombe.

SYDNEY SLIDERS: Brothers Joey and NIck Yilmaz have had a hit with their family owned and operated Chubby Burgers food truck in Lidcombe.

“They promote community safety and harmony, as they generally do not sell alcohol, and appeal to all ages, including children and older people.

This strategy should be aimed at encouraging food trucks, not prohibiting them

Cr Mithra Cox

“Having this mix of ages mingling of an evening is a powerful contributor to a sense of vibrancy and safety in public spaces.”

Food trucks are allowed at Bald Hill, Flagstaff Hill and Mt Keira, but only after a “competitive process” that could be tender or quote, council’s policy says.

They are specifically prohibited within 500m from council licensed cafes and kiosks including at Stanwell Park, Thirroul Beach, Port Kembla Pool, Corrimal Tourist Park, Bulli Beach, North Wollongong Beach and the Lagoon restaurant – that is, many of the most popular tourist and visitor spots.

“Some of these locations could and should support evening food trucks without competing with local businesses,” Cr Cox said.

“Many places along the foreshore are popular in the day but deserted in the evening due to lack of food options.

“This strategy should be aimed at encouraging food trucks, not prohibiting them. 

“It should identify areas in need of night time activation, where they will not compete with bricks and mortar businesses. It should make it easy for food truck vendors to see when and where they can trade, and have a simple process for booking a space and paying fees.”