Expressions of Interest Open for Mobile Food Vendors

Published on 04 April 2017

The City of Busselton is inviting mobile food vendors with current registration under the Food Act 2008 to submit an expression of interest to operate at approved locations across the municipality.

The expression of interest process is an outcome of a recent review undertaken by the City of all commercial activities operating on public land.  In relation to mobile food vendors, the review sought to strike an equitable balance between mobile vendors and permanent / fixed businesses providing similar offerings.  The review also looked at ways to encourage and facilitate greater operating flexibility and a better spread of specialised goods and services across the City.

The expression of interest process is currently open.  The process is being conducted in three, potentially four, distinct rounds focused on fixed locations which have been selected by the City as a suitable trading site on the basis of strategic location, ability to attract a specialist service; and the extent to which mobile trading will support established demand.  These areas are in well-utilised and accessible public locations including (but not limited to): Meelup Beach Carpark; Rotary Park (Causeway Road); Dunsborough Skate Park; Yallingup Beach (Slippery Rocks Carpark); and Dolphin Road Carpark.

  • Round 1:  22 February – 10 March 2017 – 5 locations are available – Closed
  • Round 2:  29 March – 14 April 2017 – approximately 5 locations are available
  • Round 3:  3 May – 19 May 2017 – approximately 5 locations
  • Round 4:  As required – additional locations as may be required

Mayor Grant Henley said that both Council and the community value the contribution of mobile traders. “The number of mobile vendors operating across the City of Busselton has increased significantly over the past few years,” he said.  

“We rely upon mobile food vendors to add character and vibrancy - their services enhance the recreational experience for local people and visitors alike and help meet demand particularly during the peak tourist season. Our objective in pursing an expression of interest process is to ensure mobile food traders and permanent businesses have fair trading opportunity and that members of the public have access to goods and services.”

A panel of City of Busselton Officers will assess all the applications received during each round. Applications will be scored independently against a set of criteria and ranked before a recommendation is  made to the Chief Executive Officer to issue a permit/s to operate from a specified location(s). Information relating to the Mobile Food Vendors EOI process is available on the City of Busselton Website -EOI

Outcomes and objectives outlined in this statement align with Key Goal Area 3 in the City of Busselton’s Strategic Community Plan (2013):  A strong local economy that sustains and attracts existing and new business, industry and employment opportunities.

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