Rob Muston displays his petition against the closure of his coffee van, while supporters gather.
Rob Muston displays his petition against the closure of his coffee van, while supporters gather. Iain Curry

2000 back coffee van in brewing war

THE saga of the coffee van wars at Happy Valley continues.

Rob Muston, who formerly ran the coffee van at the Caloundra beachside park, presented 2000 signatures for a review of the permit process for council spaces.

Division 2 councillor Tim Dwyer tabled the petition at yesterday's ordinary meeting on behalf of Mr Muston.

The signatures were gathered in 14 days, after Mr Muston lost his permit to trade from the park during the council's new permit processes.

The permit was instead awarded to The Barista and the Bean owners Caren Hudson and Michael Webb.

Mr Muston said he was misinformed and misled by the council when he submitted his application, with confusion over which forms he should use.

"I think the community has been ripped off and I have been ripped off," Mr Muston said.

He operated from the Happy Valley site for a decade.

The petition is part of Mr Muston's last-ditch effort to urge the council to review the permit decision and revisit the new permit processes.

Mr Muston has an option to take the matter to the Supreme Court.

But he has been advised by his lawyer that the costs would far outweigh the thwarted efforts in revamping the permit processes to prevent similar situations in the future.


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