School Shop owner Steve Polley believes nothing has come from a meeting with the council’s general manager over a mobile food van from Dubbo which continues to operate in Wellington serving council workers and now others. But he is hopeful of an outcome.
“Mr Tolhurst has told me, a newly appointed operations manager will look into the issue with him,” Mr Polley said.
Mr Polley says the meeting was amicable but no real issues were resolved.
The pair were joined by other small business people and the council GM believes there is a way forward.
“We are going to meet again on July 30 and there are solutions and outcomes that can benefit everybody I believe. I will talk with the new operations manager about this whom I have just appointed.”
The Times understands a pre order of council worker’s food to local food outlets may work well and there is a suggestion this could be part of a plan which could see the council and the small business community working together to maintain their revenue streams.
“There are ways we can work together while still maintaining council’s work practices and efficiency,” Mr Tolhurst went on to say.
The general manger’s mission is to make the local government area a leaner and more efficient operation giving rate payers a “better bang for their buck” and in the process be a better service delivery provider.
The town’s business people believe with major corporate outlets like McDonalds, KFC, Woolworths and Coles already providing tough competition this was another hit they didn’t need.