New trading nodes to offer pop-up fare
Food vans and pop-up stalls have been given the nod to operate within newly established trading areas in Broome — despite concerns they could ruin full-time businesses paying rents and rates, such as cafes and restaurants.
When the Shire of Broome put the matter out to public consultation for a month earlier this year, a number of permanent food traders said they had potential to compete directly with them and drive away customers.
They argued that while they were forced to pay high overheads, the only requirement for stalls and vans was obtaining a trading licence for about $300 and small monthly fees.
Eighteen submissions for and against the changes were received by the council, including one from the Paspaley Pearls Properties which suggested where traders could be located in Chinatown.
The Broome Chamber of Commerce and Industry acknowledged the potential benefits but flagged concerns about impacts on existing businesses.
The so-called trading nodes would operate in various locations around Broome, including Chinatown, Town Beach, Cable Beach and the Broome Recreation and Aquatic Centre.
Shire chief executive Sam Mastrolembo has been authorised to prepare expressions of interest documentation outlining where and what types of traders were sought.
At a council meeting last Thursday, Chris Mitchell said it was important that existing businesses were not impacted.
“For example, putting a food van in front of a restaurant like the Runway wouldn’t make sense, so there needs to be conditions to this,” he said.
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