The fleet will include five permanent and 12 rotating trucks. ‘We appreciate good food in Australia’s culinary capital, which is why we will only be accepting 17 of the best food trucks we can identify,’ Doyle told 3AW. ‘We’ve had something like 500 registrations of interest from food truck operators, so there’s a bit of sifting to do yet to get the 17 absolute best.’ The City of Melbourne will adhere to strict criteria when narrowing down applicants, looking for food trucks which provide healthy options, observe sustainable practices, maintain high-quality presentation and have a strong social media presence.
The five new food truck precincts are as follows: St Kilda Road in front of the National Gallery of Victoria and the Arts Centre Melbourne with two permanent and two rotating trucks; Peel Street neighbouring the Queen Victoria Market with one permanent and two rotating trucks; Lez Erdi Plaza on the north bank of the Yarra River between Signal and Arbory Bar & Eatery with one permanent and two rotating trucks; Rebecca’s Walk opposite Crown with four rotating trucks; and a location on Flinders Street near the Yarra River.
Currently, Melbourne’s established and most popular truck precincts include Welcome to Thornbury, Hank Marvin and The Food Truck Park; however, the new districts are set to cater to a city crowd, providing lots of new options for work lunches.
However, not everyone is keen to welcome the newly licensed fleet. Friends of Queen Victoria Market’s Mary-Lou Howie has raised concerns on how these new trucks might affect traders, saying ‘it impacts their lifestyle, their livelihoods and what they do.’ In response, Doyle assured, ‘We’re certainly not in the business of driving other businesses out.’