Almost two-thirds of businesses in The Terrace, Ocean Grove have had a
positive experience of the outdoor dining trial, a City survey has found.
A total of 63.3 per cent of traders also stated the expanded al fresco
areas had increased activity on the street.
The City has today released the findings of its survey, which gauged
public views about the impacts of the temporary installation of parklets in The
There was a total of 163 responses to the survey, with:
- 126 (77 per cent) supportive of the activation;
- 29 (18 per cent) opposing the trial; and
- the remainder (8) provided either mixed or
Through the activation, the City has provided accessible outdoor
seating for hospitality providers to expand their outdoor service, street
greening and additional footpath space.
The survey findings will be used to help the City determine whether
the three-month trial should end on 8 March 2021, or whether an extension is
Greater Geelong Mayor Stephanie Asher thanked the large number of
traders, local residents and visitors who provided their feedback on the trial.
“The findings will help us evaluate the initiative and determine any
future use of the parklets and expanded dining areas in The Terrace precinct,”
Mayor Asher said.
“After careful consideration, we’ll decide the best way forward and
then share that directly with traders and survey respondents.”
The City initiated the concept in response to the Victorian
Government’s commitment that outdoor activities would be prioritised as
COVID-19 restrictions ease.
Funding support to roll out expanded al fresco areas in multiple
precincts was secured through the Government’s Outdoor Eating and
A total of 49 business owners/operators on The Terrace contributed to
- 32 (65 per cent) stated that they had an
overall positive experience;
- 12 (25 per cent) stated that they had an
overall negative experience; and
- 5 (10 per cent) were either unsure or neutral.
Sixty-three per cent of the business owners/operators surveyed told us
that the expanded outdoor dining areas had increased activity on the street.
While 61 per cent of traders said that they would like the initiative
to continue beyond 8 March 2021, with 26 per cent calling for the expanded
outdoor dining areas to be removed.