On course for bush tucker trial

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Police Statistics - By JON BAS­SETT

DESERT bush tucker is com­ing to Pep­per­mint Grove in a trial of a mo­bile food van teach­ing Abo­rig­i­nal youth how to run a busi­ness that was ap­proved by the coun­cil last month.

“We’ll be serv­ing bushin­spired food in­clud­ing slow­cooked buf­falo brisket slid­ers and piz­zas with crocodile,” Chil­dren’s Global Food Hy­giene Foun­da­tion founder Keith Gre­gory, of Mos­man Park, said.

The van will op­er­ate on Mon­day evenings near Man­ners Hill Park to give Abo­rig­i­nal youth from re­gional towns ex­pe­ri­ence in food sell­ing, af­ter com­plet­ing a three­month course in busi­ness in Fre­man­tle.

The foun­da­tion will seek com­mit­ments that the youth’s home­towns host sim­i­lar vans at their com­mu­ni­ties’ events af­ter their train­ing is com­pleted.

“We chose Pep­per­mint Grove for the trial of the van be­cause of all the pri­vate schools in the area that have kids from the coun­try,” Mr Gre­gory said.

He will hold talks with St Hilda’s Angli­can School for Girls to de­ter­mine whether any of its Abo­rig­i­nal stu­dents would com- ple­ment the trial with dis­plays of their cul­ture, in­clud­ing dance.

In 2004, an ap­pli­ca­tion for an­other mo­bile food van was re­jected by the coun­cil be­cause it would have com­peted with the ad­ja­cent fore­shore kiosk.

How­ever, coun­cil­lors agreed Mos­man’s restau­rant would get the lease for a pav­il­ion with a limited liquor li­cence to re­place the kiosk last week.

“The kiosk shuts at 4.30pm and there will be a hia­tus un­til when the pav­il­ion opens, so there won’t be much of a clash with the van,” Pep­per­mint Grove Pres­i­dent Rachel Thomas said.

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