We are continuing to rollout expanded outdoor dining areas in Monash, with Haughton Road Clayton the next in line, providing local hospitality businesses with more space to boost their outdoor dining trade.
Council is continuing to work with Monash business that have applied for an Expression of Interest to increase their footpath dining or take up this new option to expand their business under the State Government’s Outdoor Eating and Entertainment Package and roadmap. These outline requirements that allow a maximum number of outdoor dining and limited indoor dining, to limit the spread of COVID-19.
A high priority for Council and traders is ensuring any enhanced dining on footpaths and roads meet stringent safety standards. A traffic safety audit has been undertaken by Council and the spaces designated for temporary permits adhere to the recommendations in the audit report.
Council teams have also worked with traders on meeting the requirements of the hospitality and hygiene guidelines released by the State Government.
“The Enhanced Dining Precinct project has a number of phases. The first phase is to create safe dining spaces that meet the requirements of the hospitality guidelines and safety requirements. Our focus has to been to ensure that every business that wants to trade is able to do so as soon they are permitted to,” Dr Diamond said.
“The second phase of the project will focus on beautification. No doubt traders will look to make improvements to these area to make them more welcoming, and Council is also considering options and is listening to ideas from traders to make these dining areas more attractive.”
The temporary extended outdoor dining permits approved by Council will allow eligible hospitality venues to:
- expand onto footpaths
- use some on-street car parking space outside their business for outdoor dining, where appropriate
- join with neighbouring businesses to use sections of footpaths and (in some cases) street space for dining
- use some pockets of adjacent/adjoining green space where practical.
We want to make it as easy as possible for local businesses to safely welcome everyone back to the renowned cafes and restaurants we have in our municipality as Monash is once again Open for Business.