Last drinks for enterprising 12-year-old as council rejects business application

Twelve-year-old Jesse Lane’s drink stall began as a small, cash-only honesty box outside his Coogee home. After three years, it has become a weekend business in a tent selling cold drinks and dog treats to walkers on the Bondi to Coogee trail.

But now he’s been forced to order the last few drinks at his weekend’s labor of love after Randwick City Council rejected the pre-teen’s official business application, ending months of anxious waiting and debate over the young entrepreneur’s business. on municipal land.

Entrepreneurial teenager Jesse has just had his business application rejected by Randwick Council. Credit:Rhett Wyman

Jesse’s father, Peter Lane, said the business was popular with most of the locals.

“He’s a very determined little boy,” he said.

“He loves catching up with the regulars and he gets to know his dogs… Everyone seems to be happy.”

Jesse has already gathered over 6,000 signatures from locals who support his business and plans to take his petition to the mayor in the coming weeks.

The business evolved from selling herbs out of an honesty box in front of his house to “Jesse’s Shop” at Dunningham Reserve on the north bluffs of Coogee Beach about 18 months ago.

Relying on his impressive sales skills and soft drink allure to attract walkers, Jesse, who accepts credit cards, quickly made a name for himself in the community.

But that all changed earlier this year when Randwick City Council received two complaints from locals who believed the budding vendor should not have been using public land for the sales.

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