Sur­vey ‘proof’ lim­its on pop-ups needed

Broome Advertiser - - News - Jakeb Wad­dell

Busi­nesses have said an on­line poll that sup­ports pop-up traders and food vans is ev­i­dence their pop­u­lar­ity would af­fect es­tab­lished busi­nesses and con­trols on their open­ing hours and lo­ca­tions should be in­tro­duced.

The Broome Ad­ver­tiser posted a poll to its Face­book page last fort­night ask­ing read­ers if they be­lieved mo­bile traders were a good idea.

The sur­vey came af­ter the Shire of Broome said it was con­sid­er­ing mak­ing changes to its trad­ing in pub­lic places pol­icy, which pro­hibits mo­bile traders from op­er­at­ing within 300m of a com­pet­ing per­ma­nent busi­ness.

The re­sult of the poll was an over­whelm­ing 79 per cent “yes” vote, with just 78 of 372 peo­ple say­ing “no”.

Broome real es­tate agent Tony Hutchin­son said he was not sur­prised by the out­come but a bal­ance needed to be found.

“Food vans and pop-up traders work best when lim­ited to spe­cial oc­ca­sions like markets and other events, rather than as a per­ma­nent fea­ture where they may be­come over­done,” he said.

“They should be lim­ited to lo­ca­tions out of the CBD, a long way from per­ma­nent busi­nesses.”

Broome Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try pres­i­dent Peter Tay­lor said while the cham­ber recog­nised the con­tri­bu­tion mo­bile traders could make to the vi­brancy of the town, the lack of clar­ity from the Shire had caused con­cern to many of its mem­bers.

“This con­cern has been ex­ac­er­bated as the change in pol­icy has not been fore­shad­owed, nor have com­pelling rea­sons been ef­fec­tively ex­plained,” he said.

How­ever, Snit­tySims Sch­nitzel Kitchen owner Si­mon Lind­berg, who op­er­ates on Port Drive, said the poll showed peo­ple were af­ter cheaper meals.

“Food vans can of­fer bet­ter value meals for fam­i­lies who can­not af­ford to pay the high prices of re­sorts and restau­rants,” he said.

“If a food van wants to op­er­ate and fol­low all the cater­ing leg­is­la­tion and Shire re­quire­ments, they should be given the chance to trade wher­ever they want.”

Food vans and pop-up traders work best lim­ited to spe­cial oc­ca­sions such as markets and other events, says es­tate agent Tony Hutchin­son.

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