Local government on the Sunshine Coast is open to increasing space available for use by public vendors, including food trucks and other food purveyors, farmers, artisans and buskers. We believe that increased space for public vending would have many positive impacts on our community, such as stimulating the local economy, increasing stable and low-barrier income generation, creating more convenient public access to affordable food and goods, and adding to the vibrancy and vitality of our coastal communities.
We will be using a community-based research approach to collect data which will be utilized for the creation of a public vending study which will be presented to local governments in early 2022. We will be facilitating roundtables and one-on-one discussions with the key stakeholders to ensure the engagement and data collected is reflective of the diversity of all stakeholders culture, ethnicity, age, gender, experience, and income source.
If you are a vendor on the Sunshine Coast you are invited to participate in one of our upcoming roundtables to share your hopes, dreams and frustrations about vending in our community. Register here for one of the following sessions:
- November 16, 11:00am-12:15pm*
- November 18, 7:00pm-8:15pm*
*Roundtable discussion times could be increased or decreased depending on the number of participants in each session—we want to ensure that everyone has a chance to share their perspective.
You don’t have to be a vendor to participate in the study! If would like to share your perspective please contact Yarrow Drtina at firstname.lastname@example.org — all Sunshine Coast residents are welcome to participate!