City of Greater Geelong Acting Director Economy, Investment & Attraction Brett Ince
We’re working with our project partners to deliver this laneways expansion as fast as possible because it will improve the connectivity and liveability of our city, connecting people to local businesses, ultimately resulting in jobs and investment into the future.
Consultation with the community and businesses in the area has been ongoing and as locals would expect, we’re taking the time to get the planning right so it isn’t rushed and leaves a lasting positive legacy for Geelong.
We’re already looking at all options to support local business be able to have more customers seated outside and welcome this week’s announcement from the Victorian Government about an Outdoor Eating and Entertainment Package. In particular, more outdoor seating, that can be implemented safely and quickly to help get our wonderful restaurant and café’s open again
How central Geelong looks and feels will no doubt be different as we move to a COVID-normal setting, but we’re confident that by working together we will be able to once again have a thriving and vibrant city that supports greater liveability and prosperity.
- Assistance has been provided to the owner of the Guf Internet Café, through the Revitalising Central Geelong partnership, including rent assistance and liaising with real estate agents to identify alternative locations to find a suitable venue. The City and State recognise the Guf Internet café as important and are committed to helping them find an alternative space for the Geelong gaming community to have social connection and run events.
- The Victorian Government’s Outdoor Eating and Entertainment Package will provide $87.5 million to councils and businesses outside of Melbourne’s CBD to make widespread outdoor dining safe, practical and a reality this summer.
- More info here: https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/taking-footpaths-getting-ready-outdoor-dining