The City of Greater Geraldton is encouraging mobile food vans to apply to operate along the Geraldton Foreshore after the council granted two licence extensions this week. At this month’s meeting, the council voted to extend operating licences for Fusions Gelato, who operate a mobile ice cream van along Geraldton Foreshore, and Ultimate Water Sports, who offer boat hire, tube rides and wake boarding lessons. Councillor Jenna Denton added to the motion, requesting the council put out an expressions of interest (EOI) for other businesses who may be keen to operate along the foreshore. “This reason is just to open up further opportunities for our broader community,” she said. In February 2021, the council received one EOI from Fusions Gelato asking to operate along the foreshore. Deputy Mayor Natasha Colliver hoped more businesses would reach out this time around. “Anybody can express an interest to the council at any time if they wish to seek a lease down at the foreshore or at Beresford,” she said. Councillor Steve Cooper said mobile food vans were a welcome addition to the foreshore but it wasn’t a promise that leases would be approved. “Some of the other regions around the State — for example Broome — use a lot of mobile facilities for tourists and others,” he said. The gelato kiosk operates seven days a week from 9am to 4pm over summer and is towed on and off site each day.