Outdoor dining activation to be extended

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.

“Although 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 activation.

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.

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