Community food truck funded for Hawker

The Hawker Community Food Van has been funded by the federal government during the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility consultation process.
The Hawker Community Food Van has been funded by the federal government during the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility consultation process.

A new mobile food truck in Hawker is taking community fundraising to the next level.

The $76,000 kitchen on wheels was made possible by the federal government's Community Benefit Program, an initiative that funds projects in communities close to shortlisted sites for a national nuclear waste management facility.

The mobile kitchen, along with a full-set of kitchen equipment, made its debut at FlindersFest last month and is available to hire for local events.

Chelsea Haywood applied for project funding on behalf of the Hawker Community Development Board and said the van is a real asset to the community.

"Many locals commented on how great the kitchen looks and were even more amazed when it was explained that it belongs to the community for all to use," Ms Haywood said.

"The local health inspector is in awe of what the committee has achieved with the allocated funds and wants to use it as an example as what is available out there."

Since 2016, $5.76 million has been put into 57 projects as communities were consulted on the siting of the facility.

General Manager of the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility Taskforce Sam Chard praised the project idea.

"The new mobile kitchen is a great investment that will literally serve the community, and also assist with fundraising for good causes," Ms Chard said.

"The Wirreanda Cottages Committee are already planning to use the mobile kitchen for a driver reviver program at Hawker War Memorial to encourage tired drivers to take a break on long drives.

"This is a great project that has been led by the community and we look forward to supporting Kimba and Hawker with more projects throughout the consultation process."

A community ballot in Kimba returned last month with a clear majority of residents in support of a nuclear waste dump being built in their region (61.58 per cent).

The three year consultation clouded in controversy will come to a close on December 12 with the completion of a similar community vote in Hawker.

If one or both of the communities vote yes, the federal Minister for Resources Matt Canavan could name the final site by the end of the year.