Dreamer’s Hill trial

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

■ The days of snap­ping up a bar­gain at a jam-packed Dreamer’s Hill are all but over, with a 50 per­cent drop in per­mits re­ported by the City of Kar­ratha from last year.

It is good news for mo­bile stall­hold­ers, though, who have won a re­prieve from the City to start trad­ing from Dreamer’s Hill on week­ends be­cause of the de­creas­ing num­bers of ve­hi­cle sales at the site.

The trial started last week­end and will run for five more weeks, with a pos­si­bil­ity of per­ma­nency on the high-ex­po­sure cor­ner if feed­back is pos­i­tive.

Af­ter be­ing moved from the Tam­brey Cal­tex site last year for safety rea­sons, the Pil­bara Fish Truck and mo­bile butcher have been trad­ing from Millars Well on week­ends, a move both say has af­fected their sales.

Pil­bara Fish Truck owner Scott Kra­tochville said be­ing given the go-ahead from the City to trade from Dreamer’s Hill was a ra­tio­nal and rea­son­able de­ci­sion.

“When the butcher truck is up, we have traded at Dreamer’s Hill on Fri­days and no­ticed a 15 per cent in­crease in sales,” he said.

“This will give us more vis­i­bil­ity to at­tract those peo­ple who drive past, see the truck and go: ‘Hey, we’d like some seafood for din­ner’.

“I was al­ways con­fi­dent this would hap­pen and would like to thank the coun­cil for liv­ing up to their pol­icy of help­ing lo­cal small busi­ness.”

Mr Kra­tochville said de­spite slug­gish sales at­trib­uted to the down­turn, he was con­fi­dent of the busi­ness’ long-term fu­ture.

City of Kar­ratha Mayor Peter Long said re­stric­tions on where stall­hold­ers could set up had been put in place to strike a bal­ance be­tween the in­ter­ests of stall­hold­ers and the safety of pa­trons.

“Since the num­ber of ve­hi­cles be­ing sold (at Dreamer’s Hill) has de­creased re­cently, we now have an op­por­tu­nity to trial open­ing this site to stall­hold­ers,” he said.

“Our com­mu­nity loves hav­ing these stall­hold­ers in town and we want to en­cour­age them to do busi­ness here where pos­si­ble.

“We will re­view the out­comes of this trial at the end of the six months and, if no com­plaints are re­ceived, we make this space avail­able per­ma­nently.”

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Graeme Green, Zane Pep­pi­att and Larry Brewer at the North West Mo­bile Butcher truck.

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