Mornington Peninsula Shire is supporting businesses with extended footpath trading, outdoor dining and a new ‘parklets’ program for local restaurants and cafes as COVID-19 restrictions ease over spring and summer.
The Shire is streamlining the permit process required by business to increase outdoor dining space, making it quicker, easier and cheaper for businesses to apply.
Options to extend outdoor dining space include extended footpath space, temporary street closures and new parklets, which repurpose car parking spaces outside shop fronts.
Additional outdoor dining space will be crucial for the Peninsula’s food businesses to re-open and remain profitable while complying with social distancing measures and space restrictions.
Learn more about extended outdoor dining.
Affected businesses can also apply for grants of up to $5,000 from the Victorian Government’s $87.5 million Outdoor Eating and Entertainment Package to help them pay for items such as outdoor furniture, umbrellas and screens. The grants will be available to licensed and unlicensed cafés, restaurants, takeaway food businesses, pubs, taverns, bars and clubs with a payroll of less than $3 million.
Information and application form here
Sustainable Parklet Competition
Mornington Peninsula Shire is looking for the best examples of sustainability within the Parklet Program!
If you’re thinking sustainable design, construction and use then we’d love to know and promote your project.
For inspiration on what you could do, check out the tips for Environmentally Sustainable Parklets in the Design Guidelines here.
The grand prize is a Biofilta self-wicking garden bed – ideal for growing herbs, vegetables or indigenous plants with minimal maintenance and water, and made from recycled plastic.
Applications are open now and close 5pm on 29 January 2021. Entrants will need to submit written evidence and/or photos of their parklet and the sustainable initiatives included.
The grand prize winner and two runners-up will be announced on the Shire’s Facebook page in February 2021.
Apply for the Sustainable Parklet Competition