Cof­fee Bird gets its wings

Euroa Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By WILL MURRAY

LISA Mooney and her busi­ness The Cof­fee Bird have been given per­mis­sion to op­er­ate on a three-month trial ba­sis at the Seven Creeks Park on Kirk­land Av­enue.

Many within the com­mu­nity voiced their anger after coun­cil first is­sued The Cof­fee Bird, which sells cof­fee and dough­nuts from a move­able van, a per­mit to trade on the street, then sub­se­quently with­drew per­mis­sion to trade at the last minute cit­ing ‘traf­fic con­cerns, noise is­sues and sig­nif­i­cant safety haz­ards’.

Coun­cil has now moved away from that ear­lier de­ci­sion, and The Cof­fee Bird van will be able to trade on Thurs­days and Fri­days for the next three months, sub­ject to mon­i­tor­ing re­ports be­ing pro­vided to coun­cil on a weekly ba­sis.

“We are very pleased to con­firm that the Cof­fee Bird Van – op­er­ated by Ms Mooney - has been approved to pro­ceed on a trial ba­sis for three months,” mayor Amanda McClaren said.

“The lo­cal law per­mit for Ms Mooney was not re­voked, it was sub­ject to traf­fic and safety is­sues be­ing re­solved, which we now feel is sat­is­fac­tory for the com­mence­ment of a trial.

“Coun­cil has also in­formed neigh­bour­ing res­i­dents of the trial com­mence­ment and has wel­comed their feedback.”

Ms Mooney said she was grate­ful for the mes­sages of sup­port from peo­ple within the town, which had helped get her busi­ness back up and run­ning.

“I’d like to sin­cerely thank the com­mu­nity of Euroa for the sup­port shown to my busi­ness The Cof­fee Bird,” she said.

“I’d also like to thank the coun­cil­lors of Strath­bo­gie Shire for grant­ing my mo­bile cof­fee van per­mis­sion to trade at the Sev­ens Creeks Park.”

Fol­low­ing the trial, shire coun­cil will hold a review into the pos­si­bil­ity of ex­tend­ing Ms Mooney’s per­mit, at which stage coun­cil will review the feedback re­ceived from res­i­dents and lo­cal busi­nesses re­gard­ing the op­er­a­tion and the mon­i­tor­ing re­ports.

PHOTO: Will Murray

A NEW HOME: After The Cof­fee Van’s per­mit was re­scinded last month, owner Lisa Mooney (inset) was forced to in­stead trade out the front of Fiona Na­tion’s Pi­lates stu­dio on Kirk­land Av­enue.

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