An application to the City of Greater Bendigo for a licence agreement for a coffee van to trade from the car park at Elmore Train Station has been unsuccessful.
City of Greater Bendigo Manager Safe and Healthy Environments Caroline Grylls said the application was unsuccessful following further consultation with VicTrack who are the registered proprietor of the land.
“The City is only able to enter a licence agreement for land where it has the authority to do so and VicTrack has confirmed it does not support the use of the land for a coffee van,” Ms Grylls said.
“Unfortunately VicTrack had initially provided advice that the City had the ability to approve an application for a license agreement at the site, and because of this advice, the City gave the go ahead to the applicant to engage a contractor to supply services to the site.
“However it was ultimately the City’s responsibility to confirm who was responsible for the land and therefore approving the application.
“The City acknowledges the cost of installing the services to the site and has offered to pay the contractor direct for undertaking this work.
“The City will work with VicTrack to identify alternative uses for the infrastructure.
“The application exposed a number of gaps that exist in the City’s procedures and as a result the City will not accept any new applications for itinerant trade until we are satisfied that these policy and procedural gaps are rectified and we are currently working on this.
“Applications currently under consideration will continue to be assessed.”