The City will construct outdoor dining activations in three hospitality
precincts in Geelong and Geelong West, following strong public support for the initiative.
The City will install the al fresco dining areas and associated
streetscape improvements in:
Backed by funding from the Victorian Government, the three-month
initiative will support businesses to increase trade and maximise their economic
recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Infrastructure will be installed in the three new locations from next
week, following a trial of outdoor dining in The Terrace, Ocean Grove from
The activations will provide accessible outdoor seating for
hospitality providers to expand their outdoor service and cater to more
Additional plants, greenery and extra footpath space will also be a
Greater Geelong Mayor Stephanie Asher said it was an opportune
time to expand outdoor dining in and around the CBD, following the easing of
COVID-19 restrictions and the rise in employees returning to the office.
“The creation of outdoor dining areas in Union and Yarra streets will help
traders attract and retain a growing number of workers and visitors to the CBD,”
Mayor Asher said.
“While the addition of eight new al fresco sections on ‘Pako’ will
enhance the street’s atmosphere and create more reasons for people to eat,
drink, shop and socialise.”
The City released concept plans for the proposed activations in late
All three locations received strong support, with submissions ranging
from 65 per cent positive (Pakington Street) through to 98 per cent positive (Union
The City will evaluate the impacts of the activations and gain
feedback from traders and the community to determine if they will continue in
any form beyond 22 June.
Funding to support the rollout in multiple precincts has been provided
by the Victorian Government’s Outdoor Eating and Entertainment Package.
The first activation is still in place in The Terrace, Ocean Grove,
where it has received majority support from businesses and the community.
It has been extended past an initial three-month period until 18 April, to cater to the anticipated influx of visitors over Easter and the
Greater Geelong is experiencing an outdoor dining boom, with the City
approving more than 60 temporary permits for new or extended al fresco areas
during the past six months.
The City is running an ongoing campaign, It’s Our Backyard, to
encourage the Geelong community to think local first when seeking goods and