Last drinks for entrepreneurial 12-year-old as council rejects trade proposal

Twelve-year-old Jesse Lane’s concession stand started out as a tiny honesty box in front of his Coogee home. After three years it has evolved into a weekend tented shop selling cool drinks and dog treats to walkers on the Bondi to Coogee trail.

But he was now forced to name the last drinks for his weekend love work after Randwick City Council rejected the tween’s official trade application, putting an end to months of anxious waits and debates about the young entrepreneur’s business on the common land .

Teen entrepreneur Jesse has just had his trade application rejected by Randwick Council.

Teen entrepreneur Jesse has just had his trade application rejected by Randwick Council. Recognition:Rhett Wyman

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

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

“He loves hanging out with the regulars and he knows their dogs … Everyone seems happy.”

Jesse has already collected more than 6,000 signatures from local people supporting his cause and plans to take his petition to the mayor in the next few weeks.

The business evolved from selling herbs with an honesty box outside his home to ‘Jesse’s Shop’ on Dunningham Reserve above the north bluffs of Coogee Beach about 18 months ago.

Credit card accepting Jesse relied on his impressive sales skills and the pull of refreshing beverages to attract hikers and quickly became well known in the community.

But everything changed earlier this year when Randwick City Council received two complaints from locals who felt the up-and-coming seller should not have used public land for sales.

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Joel McCord

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