Council Assisting Our Hospitality Industry With Outdoor Activation

Friday, 18 September, 2020 - 16:00

The streets of Mansfield Shire’s main towns may soon look very different as Council works with hospitality businesses to expand dining areas along footpaths and to use other outdoor spaces.

Mansfield Shire CEO, Kaylene Conrick said Council is looking at creative solutions including the temporary use of car parking areas and laneways.

“Step 3 of the government’s roadmap to recovery allows hospitality businesses to once again provide dining both indoor and outdoor, with capping of numbers in-line with density requirements,” Ms Conrick said.

“Council is committed to assist wherever possible so that hospitality businesses can expand outdoor dining,” she said.

“We’re ready to consider anything we can possibly do to assist our hospitality industry to begin trading as per the health regulations.

Mansfield has a reputation for exceptional food and wine. The hospitality industry is a major part of the local economy.

“This will help get Mansfield re-opened for business by re-activating our local eateries and providing that great hospitality to our locals and regional Victorian visitors once again.

Ms Conrick said support won’t be limited to facilitation and smoothing red tape but also financial support.

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

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 Friday 18 September. 

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

Council has received information from the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) that 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

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Last Updated: Friday, 18 September, 2020 - 16:06