performers will bring cheer to three expanded outdoor dining precincts across
Geelong and Geelong West.
The City is
adding an entertainment program to its streetscape improvements in Pakington
Street, Yarra Street and Union Street, to enhance the experience of visitors
and encourage further dining and shopping activity.
New al fresco
dining areas were constructed this week in Pakington Street (between Autumn and
Preston streets), with diners already embracing the enhanced open-air
Asher said the expanded outdoor dining areas and free entertainment provided
even more reasons for people to visit Geelong’s cultural and shopping
The new al
fresco areas allow cafes and restaurants to expand their dining options, which
will help in their recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
of musicians and street artists will further lift the atmosphere of the
precinct, encouraging visitors to linger and spend more time more eating and
The City last
week received a $300,000 grant from the State Government under the Outdoor Eating and Entertainment Package.
The funding was
allocated to councils that had experienced increased patronage at local
eateries and increased demand for outdoor dining infrastructure.
The grant will
support the ongoing provision of infrastructure in identified hospitality
precincts, further street-based activities including entertainment, and
campaigns to help draw people to these areas.
the increased dining opportunities, the roving street entertainment program
will entertain diners and pedestrians.
A program of
artists and locations will be released in the coming days.
funding will also allow the City to continue fast-tracking applications and
approvals for outdoor dining permits
, and to continue waiving permit fees.
More than 70
temporary permits for new or extended al fresco areas have been issued by the
City since September 2020, with businesses embracing the chance to safely
There are now
more than 170 venues in Greater Geelong offering outdoor dining, hosting a
total of more than 2060 chairs.
venues supported by the City’s first outdoor dining activation in The Terrace, Ocean Grove
, which is remaining in place until 18 April.
dining precincts will be promoted to residents and visitors through
co-ordinated campaigns, including It’s Our Backyard, which encourages the
Geelong community to think local first when seeking goods and services.
Find out more about It’s Our Backyard