More food offerings to roll into town

DELICIOUS: Kenny's Seafood has been granted a permit to sell takeaway fish and chips in Naracoorte and Lucindale. PHOTO: Web
DELICIOUS: Kenny's Seafood has been granted a permit to sell takeaway fish and chips in Naracoorte and Lucindale. PHOTO: Web

Mouths will water around town with two new mobile food vendors granted permits to trade in the area after a Naracoorte Lucindale Council meeting on Tuesday.

Lucindale resident Ken Matthews was granted a permit to operate Kenny's Seafood where he will sell takeaway fish & chips and boiled prawns in Naracoorte between 11am and 7.30pm on Fridays and on Sundays in Lucindale.

Peter Lagogiannis of Riverland Fresh and Dry Produce will sell fresh and dried fruit during the hours of 7am and 5.30pm one day a fortnight in Naracoorte.

The permits will be valid for one year.

During the meeting, councillor Cameron Grundy suggested the council ask other retailers in the region for their opinions.

"I have no problem with mobile vendors but I do think our obligation should be first and foremost to the bricks and mortar retailers in the main street and I wonder if it is appropriate for us to seek the views of business and tourism boards and get the views of the local retailers before we can get to this application," he said.

However, director of corporate services Fiona Stringer said that due to government legislation, the council was not able to deny a permit from a mobile food vendor.

"At this stage, under the legislation, we can't actually decline an application for a food van," she said.

"We can place conditions on the application, but we can not decline it.

"That may change under the revised legislation, to give us more control in the future, but at this point in time, we can't actually decline an application."

The state legislation around mobile food vans is expected to be revised in the future.