Coffee van's return brewing /Newsport
Thursday March 20 2014
Douglas Shire Council is working to get a mobile coffee vendor previously based in Craiglie back on the road.
Michelle Renshaw had been selling coffee from her mobile van on the side of the road near Craiglie, attracting morning commuters on the way to Cairns.
But due to a dispute over roadside permits, Ms Renshaw was told to shut her van down earlier this month until an application was submitted and approved by council and the Department of Transport and Main Roads.
Ms Renshaw said she feared her business, Wheelie Good Coffee, would go broke following its closure.
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"Financially I can't wait for approvals from Douglas Shire, so unfortunately the van is getting shut down," she said last week.
"The van's running at a loss."
But in a statement emailed to the Newsport Daily, Ms Renshaw said she was now working with the council to seek a resolution.
"A meeting was held in Mossman on Monday afternoon between Wheelie Good Coffee and [General Manager of Operations] Paul Hoye from Douglas Shire," the statement said.
"Both Douglas Shire and Wheelie Good Coffee are currently working together to find a suitable location ... under Council guidelines that we can serve our coffees early in the mornings.
"We hope to have the mobile coffee van up and running again very soon."
Ms Renshaw said she had been touched by people who had voiced their support to keep the van open.
"The response has been quite overwhelming," she said. "[It's] the reason I love our Douglas region."