The temporary outdoor dining activation in
Ocean Grove will continue until the end of the April school holidays, to help
meet the anticipated influx of visitors to the region.
Following consultation that indicated high levels of support from businesses and the community, the City will
extend the three-month initiative for a further six weeks to 18 April.
The City installed 97 new COVID-safe outdoor
dining seats along The Terrace, Ocean Grove in December 2020, as well as street
greening and additional footpath space.
Greater Geelong Mayor Stephanie Asher said the
trader and community feedback indicated that there was widespread support to continue
providing the activation.
“There was strong feedback from traders that
the project had improved the look and atmosphere of the street and helped
attract visitors to the precinct,” Mayor Asher said.
we do appreciate there are some traders who do not support the changes, the
public response was overwhelmingly positive, with many enjoying the variety of
dining options and greater street activity.
“The extension will hopefully attract more
visitors and encourage them to spend time in the street through the busier
Easter and school holiday period.”
A City survey found almost two-thirds of
businesses in The Terrace have had a positive experience of the outdoor dining
A total of 63.3 per cent stated it had
increased activity on the street, with 61 per cent of traders calling for the
initiative to continue beyond its original end date of 8 March.
A full report on the results of the survey can
be viewed here.
The City introduced the trial 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 Entertainment Package.