Rosebud ready to embrace outdoor dining

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Mornington Peninsula Shire’s plan to help local businesses bounce back from lockdown will see Rosebud further transformed for outdoor dining this Friday 4 December.

From Friday, parking spaces in front of the shops on Point Nepean Road between Fourth and Fifth avenues will be closed to cars and opened up for outdoor dining. The speed limit through Rosebud will be reduced from 50km/h to 40km/h.

The existing cycling lane along Point Nepean Road will remain in place, although it will be altered slightly in parts.

The service lane between Ninth Avenue and Rosebud Parade has already been closed to cars, with the space repurposed for open air trading and dining, as well as an attractive new communal space for public seating and extra room for social distancing.

Elsewhere on the Peninsula, traffic management measures to accommodate outdoor dining are also now in place around Blairgowrie, Mount Eliza, Mount Martha and Sorrento. The changes mostly involve lowered speed limits, crucial to ensuring the safety of shoppers and diners.

Part of Main Street, Mornington, has been closed to traffic and opened up to pedestrians and cyclists to create more space for outdoor dining. Preparations are also well underway to allow outdoor dining along Point Nepean Road in Rye.

Mayor Despi O’Connor said: “These changes will allow local businesses to use on-street parking space for outdoor dining and trading and enable local shops, cafes and restaurants to stay viable under the State Government’s COVID-safe regulations.

“We want more than anything to keep the Peninsula’s economy vibrant and strong and this is the way to do it.

“Our outdoor dining program is helping local businesses maximise their trading over the crucial summer period, while shoppers and diners are benefiting from being able to sit outdoors in a relaxed, inviting and COVID-safe atmosphere.

“In each township we’ve been mindful to ensure accessible parking for those with a disability or reduced mobility is a priority.

“We will continue to work closely with local trader organisations and chambers of commerce to support local businesses and local jobs this coming summer.”

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