New trad­ing nodes to of­fer pop-up fare

Broome Advertiser - - News - Glenn Cord­ing­ley and Jakeb Wad­dell

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.

Pic­ture: Jakeb Wad­dell

Pop-up shops at Cable Beach carpark for the close of the 2017 Shinju Mat­suri Fes­ti­val.

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