Extended outdoor dining areas will be activated in the heart of Ocean Grove this summer.
Work on the temporary installation, which will support more than 50 outdoor
seats on The Terrace, will be carried out next week.
The initiative aims to stimulate greater
economic activity for the commercial precinct.
The City modified the layout of the new
outdoor dining spaces following feedback from local traders.
The changes balance the needs of The Terrace’s
businesses and maintain the existing levels of car parking, traffic and loading
access, and public open space.
The parklets will be in place for a period of three
A review of the effectiveness of the
initiative will be carried out in consultation with the traders and will seek
The City released a draft concept plan in
early November and called for feedback from businesses on The Terrace, between
Presidents Avenue and Hodgson Street.
Of the 41 responses received, 61 per cent were
supportive of the initiative.
This included non-hospitality businesses, who
found it would have indirect benefits for the wider area by attracting more
people and encouraging them to stay longer in the precinct.
Objections raised to the proposal included
concerns about increased congestion, odours, litter, obscuring views of shops
and obstructing the footpath.
Based on the feedback, the City updated the concept
and relocated or removed parklets that were directly fronting the majority of
non-hospitality businesses opposed to the initiative.
The scheme will see no loss of car parking or
change to current traffic operations on The Terrace.
The City developed the concept following the Victorian
Government’s commitment in mid-September that outdoor dining activities would
be prioritised as COVID-19 restrictions ease.
It has secured Government funding support
through the Local Councils Outdoor Eating and Entertainment Package.
Food and drink businesses are encouraged to operate outdoors as it is
deemed a safer environment and less risk of COVID-19 transmission.
Under the ‘Last Step’ of the Government’s roadmap for reopening,
venues can seat more patrons outdoors than indoors under the ‘two square metre
Further information about how the City is managing the evolving
COVID-19 situation can be viewed at www.geelongaustralia.com.au/covid19
Acting Director Economy, Investment and
Attraction Tim Ellis
believe this activation will benefit the entire Terrace precinct by helping it
become a more appealing place to spend time. We have listened to businesses along The
Terrace and modified the original plans based on their feedback. We
are working quickly to put the installation in place to capitalise on the peak
pre-Christmas and summer periods. I
encourage traders and members of the community to let us know how the
initiative is working so that it can be reviewed after the temporary period.