Burger bus on the road to serv­ing first snacks

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

Af­ter three years of blood, sweat, tears and the oc­ca­sional over­priced quote, a Kar­ratha man is months away from hit­ting the road to serve fresh, healthy hamburgers and other Aussie food.

Kar­ratha res­i­dent Wayne Shaw came up with the cre­ative business idea of a lo­cally owned and run food bus three years ago in an ef­fort to work more in­de­pen­dently af­ter years spent work­ing in con­struc­tion.

A butcher by trade, he said he had seen an op­por­tu­nity in the form of a 12m 1980 model food bus for sale while trav­el­ling in South Aus­tralia in 2013.

“I’ve done all the con­struc­tion side, a lot of con­tract work, which ev­ery­one does up here, and I wanted to have a go at some­thing my­self,” he said.

“I thought ‘well, ev­ery­one reck­ons my food’s all right, so why not have a go at it’.” Mr Shaw said he in­tended to start sim­ply with hamburgers, us­ing qual­ity Aus­tralian meat in­clud­ing Har­vey beef, fish, kan­ga­roo and even crocodile, be­fore branch­ing out with dif­fer­ent prod­ucts such as toasted sand­wiches and rolls.

He said it had not been an easy ride, with the amount of work re­quired on the older bus and the tran­si­tion to West Aus­tralian food bus reg­u­la­tions more com­plex than ex­pected.

But what he saw as a need for bet­ter late-night food in the com­mu­nity kept him go­ing.

“I just wanted to do some­thing for Kar­ratha,” he said.

“I’ve been here 14 years. I don’t mind the place, and I just want to put some de­cent food out there into this place (later at night).”

He said he had al­ready been in­un­dated with in­ter­est from peo­ple en­thu­si­as­tic about the food bus idea, and hoped to be­gin op­er­at­ing be­fore Christ­mas.

“I say the sooner the bet­ter,” he said.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

Kar­ratha man Wayne Shaw is look­ing for­ward to get­ting his ham­burger bus on the road.

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