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DRAFT Mobile Traders Policy

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The Draft Mobile Traders Policy has been developed to manage the requests for the operation of mobile traders on Council owned or managed land.

Over a number of years, Council has received multiple requests from mobile traders to operate within the Shire. These requests have ranged from food vans that would compete directly with current businesses to mobile traders offering different food styles. Prior to COVID-19, unless exceptional circumstances existed, Council would not permit mobile traders in most cases to operate on Council land.

Council’s existing Local Law No. 2 – General Public Amenity does allow traders to operate with a permit, however there is no policy guiding under what circumstances permits should be issued. The Draft Mobile Traders Policy provides clear and concise requirements for applying, using or refusing a permit.

The policy only applies to traders seeking to use Council owned or managed land, and does not apply to those trading on private property with consent from the landowner, or for a vendor that is part of an event, carnival, market or fete.


Council is seeking feedback from community members and businesses on the Draft Mobile Traders Policy until 23 June 2021.

Community members and businesses can download the Draft Mobile Traders Policy and provide feedback through a short survey on Council’s website at

The survey is open from 1 to 29 June, and will also be available from Council’s Customer Service Centres in Bannockburn and Smythesdale once COVID-19 restrictions allow the centres to reopen.

Community members can also provide feedback on the Draft Mobile Traders Policy by email to [email protected] or by mail to Golden Plains Shire Council, PO Box 111, Bannockburn, VIC, 3331, marked ‘Attention: Draft Mobile Traders Policy’.

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Council acknowledges the traditional Wadawurrung owners of this land. Council pays its respects to Wadawurrung Elders both past and present and extends that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People who are part of Golden Plains Shire.