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Wellington dining help

Wellington Council to help re-activate hospitality via outdoor dining

Wellington Shire Council says it is on hand to assist local businesses re-activate as the region begins to open up again from the state government’s Covid-19 restrictions.

Step 3 of the government’s roadmap to recovery allows businesses serving food to once again provide a dine-in option, but from outdoor eating areas. Groups of 10 are permitted, with physical distancing.

Part of Council’s reactivation plan is a commitment to the hospitality industry, to assist wherever possible to facilitate outdoor dining for businesses who may never have offered this service before and assist other businesses to expand their outdoor dining options.

Council says it is working with Wellington’s cafes and restaurants to identify outdoor dining options and help them facilitate their activation.

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This may mean expanding dining areas along footpaths and outside-the-box thinking to utilise other outdoor spaces. Council is willing to look at creative solutions including the temporary use of car parking areas and even partial road closures.

Support won’t be limited to facilitation and smoothing red tape but also financial support. The state government has announced both Council and business funding specifically to help with outdoor dining.

Government grants of up to $5,000 to help businesses pay for practical things to assist in setting up for outdoor dining such as umbrellas, outdoor furniture, screens and other equipment will be available via application from tomorrow.

To begin the process, Council has waived all outdoor dining fees. We also have staff available to discuss your needs and how Council can help make this transition to Step 3 easier.

While Council will continue to waiver any permit costs associated with outdoor dining, businesses wanting to serve alcohol may need extend their ‘red line’ to accommodate additional outdoor dining.

The Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation said they are on board and will process any application as quickly as possible.

For further information about the state government grants which open for application on Friday, visit www.business.vic.gov.au

Council enquiries via Geoff Hay, Senior Business Development Officer, phone 5142 3043. Further information at www.wellington.vic.gov.au/step3

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