City of Greater Bendigo to review dining and street trading

A REVIEW of the City of Greater Bendigo’s 2008 Outdoor Dining and Street Trading Code of Practice will be considered by council at Wednesday night’s meeting.

A report to council considers amendments to: outdoor dining barriers; umbrellas; blinds/weather treatments; display of goods; advertising; furniture supply; use of flags/advertising and busking.

Director of planning and development Prue Mansfield said the recommendations were designed to introduce some flexibility and innovation into the code’s design.

“The city wants to work with business to create a diverse, strong and growing economy that entices people to live in and visit our region, especially as it is known as a food and wine destination,” Ms Mansfield said.

“The recommendations set design standards that aim to encourage vibrant, active and colourful street frontages, so it is important to ensure any changes can support this ideal.

“Businesses advised city officers that outdoor dining creates an attractive atmosphere that encourages people to come into their businesses, however the ability to draw the public in must be done so in a way that balances business needs with public space usage in a safe and responsible manner.

“It was also important to reassess the code as the number of outdoor dining permits issued to CBD businesses have more than tripled from 21 to 69 since 2001.”

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