Planning amendment feeds community’s hospitality hunger

Thursday 29 October 2020

Frankston City Council’s CEO, Phil Cantillon, has welcomed the State Government’s recent announcement (October 21) that provided planning exemptions to enable expanded outdoor dining into public spaces without the need for a permit.

While businesses will still require a letter of support provided free from Council, Mr Cantillon said the announcement was wonderful news and would strengthen the Council’s ability to ensure businesses can reopen safely and profitably.

“Our teams, led by dedicated Precinct Officers are working overtime to contact local hospitality operators to discuss their options and understand their intentions,” he said.

“While some may choose not to open immediately, others have the potential to take advantage of kerbside dining, parklets and potential laneway closures to create more dining spaces.”

Businesses wishing to extend seating into public spaces outside their private land boundary will still be required to apply for a permit from Council, however in a further effort to support local business, no fees will be charged. 

Mr Cantillon said Council’s Business Concierge is also available to assist businesses navigate application processes for letters of support, permits and government grants.

“To date, our streamlined process has seen close to ten outdoor dining permits issued, with more being received and promptly assessed each day.” 

Chris Farmer, who operates Seaford based craft brewery Mr Banks, praised Council for their ongoing support.

“The communication with Frankston City Council has been regular and really helpful,” Mr Farmer said.

Premier Daniel Andrews announced on Monday that hospitality businesses could reopen from 11:59pm on 27 October with capacity limits and COVID safe plans in place for indoor and outdoor dining.

Businesses who require support are encouraged to contact Council’s Business Concierge who will put them in contact with their Precinct Officer. Email: businessconcierge@frankston.vic.gov.au or phone: 1300 322 322

Alternatively, to learn more visit: frankston.vic.gov.au/business

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