John Paul College’s food van provides food for those in need
Frankston Standard Leader December 21, 2018.
John Paul College students from left, Liam, Lauryn, Sara, Sarah and Brooke with their food van, which supports people in need in central Frankston. Picture: Andrew Batsch.
John Paul College’s food van has been dubbed the ‘Community Companion’ for good reason.
An initiative of staff, parents and students, the van provides food for the needy.
College faith and mission director John Riddle said 7100 people had received help since the van started four years ago.
It operates on Tuesdays from 5pm to 7pm, but Mr Riddle said it would expand to Thursdays next year.
John Paul College students from left, Sara, Sarah and Brooke, Lauryn, Liam with their food van, which supports people in need in central Frankston. Picture: Andrew Batsch
“We’re hoping to be able to open up the invitation to the public to volunteer next year,” he added.
Donations of non perishable food can be made to John Paul College, 161 McMahons Rd, Frankston
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Kebabs for everyone! Melbourne food van wins against petrol giant 22 December 2018.
Glenny Kebabs is open once more with owner Asad Syed at the helm. Credit: Luis Enrique Ascui.
A little kebab van in Melbourne’s south-east has had a win against petrol giant Caltex.
Employees at Glenny Kebabs, situated on the petrol station’s Springvale Road block in Glen Waverley, turned up to work earlier this month and found themselves barricaded out.
“We had everything inside still,” owner Asad Syed said.
“Salads, meat, sauces, everything.”
Caltex claimed that by placing tables and chairs in front of the van and allowing a large number of cars to park there, Glenny Kebabs posed a safety risk. The site, Caltex also argued, isn’t approved for use as a restaurant.
But Mr Syed took Caltex to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal last week and won an injunction, which allowed him to re-open.
“I needed to reopen and the main thing was the staff. We’ve got 28 staff who need to work so, until we open, they didn’t have an income,” he said.
His lawyer Mark Sehler, from Armour Legal, said Caltex took over the lease at the site last year, but hadn’t raised any issues until they began issuing breach notices relating to the chairs and parking late this year.
“Essentially, they were punishing our client for running a successful business,” Mr Sehler said.
"This is a great win and early Christmas present for Glenny Kebabs."
Glenny Kebabs is known for its halal snack packs.Credit: Luis Enrique Ascui .
Known for its halal snack packs and discounts for students (Mr Syed’s own high school nickname was ‘kebab’ because he ate one every day), Glenny Kebabs developed somewhat of a cult following in the south-east.
“We stepped away from your typical kebab shop experience. We don’t have late night drunks here. We don’t have troublemakers in this area anyhow...the food is obviously exceptional as well,” Mr Syed said.
But it's not all smooth, doner kebab spinning ahead for Mr Syed, 29. He said the conditions now in place - so no more tables and chairs and only two spaces for parking - are too restrictive so he will look for a new site.
“We can’t have that vibe here anymore. The atmosphere is what made us, so we’re hoping that’s not what breaks us either,” he said.
Mr Syed was shut-out of the van earlier this month. Credit :Luis Enrique Ascui
And a final decision is still to be made by VCAT as well, in which the tribunal will rule in February on whether Glenny Kebabs is operating under a lease or licence.
His lawyers have argued it operates like a lease, therefore Mr Syed has rights and small business owners like him can’t be shut-out so suddenly.
His is not the first kebab van to encounter legal problems.
The well-known Brunswick Town Hall Kebab on Sydney Road, once visited by celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, was evicted in September after the land it was parked on was bought by the Anglican church who planned to develop a community space.
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I should not have read this story at this time of night, it has made me crave for one of the kebabs. Sad that Caltex thought they had to do this to the guy and hopefully he will survive along with his staff.
Please send one of each to our Can on the move for the next week or to Coopernook when we get home!