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IF you want coffee, a healthy smoothie, super
food or organic snack you don’t really have to go
to a local café in Inverloch. You can get it at the
‘Love Your Soul’ food van set up on a commer-
cially-zoned site in the centre of town.
But if you want to support other local ratepay-
ers, a local business which backs your town’s
sporting, school and community clubs... then
you better think again.
Some local traders in town, especially those
operating cafés or established food outlets are
up in arms.
They’re not against competition. Bring it on,
But when a food van sets up semi-permanently
in town, they believe they should be subject to
the same rates and responsibilities as the people
they are competing against.
And there’s nothing the shire or anyone else
can do about it.
The van owner is operating perfectly legally, ap-
proved, inspected and authorised as a licensed
Streatrader and can do so almost anywhere else
But even a spokesperson for the Department
of Health and Human Services, under whose re-
sponsibility the Streatrader legislation falls ad-
mits the operator might be exploiting a loophole,
against the intent of the legislation.
“There’s been such an explosion in the num-
ber of these food vans and also in the number
of markets and events they attend that this was
a way of streamlining their approvals,” said the
“They apply for registration with their own reg-
istering council and then simply notify the coun-
cils where they are visiting and they can come
out and have a look to see if everything is OK.”
But the spokesperson said the idea was to
make it easier for mobile food vendors to attend
events, not to set up in towns permanently and
it may be something that needs to be looked at,
The local shire, in this case the Bass Coast
Shire’s hands are tied.
According to the Bass Coast Shire Council’s
Acting CEO, Allison Jones, the operator is doing
everything according to the rules.
“Mobile food businesses in Victoria register
their business with ‘Streatrader’. Their home
Council will inspect their premises and facilities
before issuing a Food Act permit,”Ms Jones said.
“The business is then able to move around to
other municipalities and notify each municipal-
ity of their operation via the Streatrader website
“The Council in which they set up operation
are not required to go out and inspect the prem-
ises each time they move but they are required to
react to any complaints.
“If the business is planning on operating on
public land or displaying signage they need to
apply for any appropriate permits with Council.”
More information on Streatrader is available
Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Pam Rothfield, noted for
her pro-business stance, has sympathy for local
“It’s a really difficult one. Very much like the
pop-up shops that set up in vacant shops in
Cowes over the summer, often with the same sort
of clothing etc as the permanent place next door.
But they are indirectly paying rates through the
landlord who allows them to set up.
“I am familiar with this one and it may be
something the government should look at but
it’s like a lot of sectors where Uber, Airbnb, Ama-
zon etc have set up. It’s the challenge of business
“Maybe a way to meet that challenge is set up
a pop-up shop or van yourself and direct traffic
back to your main shop.”
So should food vans be able to set up semi-
permanently in town or should their permits be
limited to festivals, fetes and markets? What’s
your opinion? Please leave your comments on
the Sentinel-Times Facebook page.
This semi-permanent food van is operating completely legally in Inverloch but it maybe
against the spirit of the Streatrader licensing designed to make it easier for food vans to
attend markets, festivals and events.
Food van fury or
the new normal?
MEMBER for Gippsland
South Danny O’Brien says se-
curing funding for stage two of
Korumburra Secondary Col-
lege’s rebuild project is his
highest priority for a school in
Mr O’Brien made the com-
ment on a recent visit to Ko-
rumburra Secondary College,
where he toured facilities and
received an update on the peti-
tion calling on the Andrews La-
bor Government to fund stage
two of the rebuild project.
Acting Principal John Wil-
son, along with members of
the KSC’s Community Engage-
ment Group, led Mr O’Brien
on a tour of the completed
stage one facilities, as well as
showing him the poor condi-
tion (including mould and rot-
ting stumps) of the 20 to 40
year old buildings that would
be replaced in stage two.
Mr O’Brien said it was “fan-
tastic” to see stage one com-
plete but “disappointing” that
the school rebuild had turned
into two separate projects due
to a change in government. He
said the Andrews Government
should take the opportunity to
fund stage two and “deliver a
modern educational environ-
ment for Korumburra and dis-
“Most other secondary col-
leges in the area have been re-
built or refurbished in the last
decade or so, and now that
Wonthaggi’s got the go ahead,
Korumburra should be next,”
“The school is already under
capacity and the area contin-
ues to grow. We need to pre-
pare for growth into the next
Mr Wilson said around 300
people had signed the petition
in the three weeks it had been
circulating and that it was an
important part of “keeping the
story going” and demonstrat-
ing community support for
the second stage of the build-
ing project. He said the school
community was grateful for Mr
O’Brien’s ongoing support and
agitating in parliament to get
funding for the school.
Mr O’Brien has a meeting
planned with Eastern Victoria
MP Harriet Shing in late Janu-
ary to discuss the project, and
is hoping to present the peti-
tion with “a couple of thou-
sand” signatures to the Leg-
islative Assembly in February
or March, before the 2018-19
budget is finalised.
Stage two of the building
project includes demolish-
ing and rebuilding the library,
year 7 to 10 subschool, year
10 to 12 subscool, staff rooms
and a collaboration zone. The
funded stage one in 2014,
which included demolish-
ing and rebuilding an applied
learning hub, staff rooms and
technology hub. Stage one is
now complete and will be of-
ficially opened in March 2018.
If you would like to sign the
petition for stage two, keep
an eye out for a printed copy
at businesses and community
organisations around Korum-
Korumburra Secondary College Community Engagement Group member Sam Norrey, Act-
ing Principal John Wilson, Gippsland South MP Danny O’Brien, Community Engagement
Group member Sasha Boys and leading teacher Susan Lloyd urge the community to support
the second stage of KSC’s rebuild project by signing the petition circulating around town.
O’Brien puts KSC at the top of his list
AFTER more than 70 years
of marriage, Venus Bay’s Kath
Diss says there’s just too many
memories to choose a favou-
But for her husband Walter,
the memory’s much clearer.
“The best memory would
have to be when I found out
she barracked for the same
football team as me, Fitzroy,”
“That was before they amal-
gamated to create the Brisbane
“They’re not the same any-
more but we still barrack for
Kath says the seven decades
have gone quickly, since meet-
ing Walter in the 1940s in a
Melbourne social club.
Fast forward to now and the
couple have six children, 12
grandchildren and seven great
“And there’s more on the
way, so we’re going alright con-
sidering we’re still counting
them,” Kath says.
“I cherish all our memories
together. The best time is being
with the family.”
The two celebrated their
70th wedding anniversary on
Wednesday, December 20.
Kath was one of the founding
members of the Tarwin Lower
Friday Friendship Group, so
at a Christmas break-up lunch
on the Friday following their
70-year celebration, the two
received a bunch of flowers
from their friends.
Group coordinator Michelle
Tonello said Kath and Walter
are a lovely couple who have a
great sense of humour.
Kath and Walter Diss received a bunch of flowers from their friends in the Tarwin Lower
Friday Friendship Group at a Christmas break-up two days after they celebrated their 70th
wedding anniversary. mm070118
70 years strong
THERE is no other town in Australia that trans-
forms as much over the summer as the tiny set-
tlement of Sandy Point. According to the census
conducted midweek in August 2016, there are 40
towns in Australia where more than 60% of hous-
ing consists of holiday homes or weekenders (or
where houses were vacant at the time of the cen-
sus). Smiths Beach, Guilderton (WA), Lorne and
Loch Sport all had high percentages of empty
houses at the time of the census but with six out of
seven houses (86%) empty over winter, Sandy Point
tops the list. According to ABS data, Sandy Point
has a permanent population of 206, in 93 private
dwellings. A further 566 dwellings lie empty in win-
ter, waiting for summer visitors to fill them.
Sue Cumming, who co-owns the Sandy Point
General Store, one of the two retail businesses in
Sandy Point, says the population increase in the
town over summer is “extremely substantial”.
“We go from needing one person to run the shop
during winter to needing six people during sum-
mer. And the amount of stock we have to order in-
creases dramatically,” she said.
SEJ’s Sandy Point Holiday Property Manager
Kim Kemper says the population always “blows
out” over the summer months. She says SEJ cur-
rently has 54 houses in Sandy Point rented out
over the summer. “We’re fully booked out. All our
houses are full with either owners or guests. We
only have a small window around January 14.
There’s been a lot of families coming down and
we have been busy but the town’s stayed calm and
nice,” she said.
Branch manager of SEJ’s Sandy Point office
Andrea Adams estimates that Sandy Point’s popu-
lation swells to 3,000 over the summer months,
sometimes even more if good weather attracts a
large amount of day trippers.
“It’s quite significant and it gets busier every year.
I’ve been here for 14 years and this is the busiest
I’ve seen it.” Andrea says the real estate business is
booming in Sandy Point, with a lot of people look-
ing to make the move and either buying holiday
houses or semi-permanent residences.
The seaside town of Sandy Point transforms over the summer months as thousands of visi-
tors fill houses that lie vacant over winter. kg290118
Sandy Point Australia’s number
one transformation town
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