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Late Agenda

Ordinary Council Meeting

18 October 2021

The meeting commences at 6.30pm. If members of the public are

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Mayoral Minute

 

1.       Mayoral Minute - Post COVID-19 Outdoor Dining Activation Opportunities

 

 

 

 

 


 

Ordinary Council Meeting 18 October 2021

Mayoral Minute - Post COVID-19 Outdoor Dining Activation Opportunities

 

 

Subject:          Mayoral Minute - Post COVID-19 Outdoor Dining Activation Opportunities    

Record No:    SU2890 - 65616/21

Division:         Lane Cove Council

Author(s):      Councillor Pam Palmer 

 

 

Executive Summary

 

Councillors you may recall that last year as part of the COVID-19 pandemic recovery, the New South Wales Government introduced a program to activate high streets, the ‘Your High Street Program’ which provided grants of up to $1 million. Council made a grant application to reconfigure the paving etc. in the Lane Cove Village to increase activation by enhancing pedestrian amenity and providing new outdoor dining locations. Unfortunately, Council was unsuccessful in obtaining a grant.

 

Late last week I became aware of the Alfresco Restart Package funded by the State Government which includes a variety of grants, including a new similar program Streets as Shared Spaces Program’ for grants of up to $500,000 to trial “permanent changes that strengthen the amenity, accessibility and economic vitality of a high street and surrounding area”. In addition, ‘The Summer Night Fund Program’ is offering grants to councils of up to $15,000 for no-cost, COVID-safe activations or events in public spaces in local centres including alfresco dining, outdoor markets, micro-festivals, open-air cinemas, creative lighting shows or galleries open late. Grants of $5,000 are also available for hospitality businesses kick-start new outdoor dining ventures in a park or public space.

 

In discussions with the General Manager he has indicated he proposes to make applications for funding under the new programs and Council will encourage hospitality businesses to apply for grants as part of their recovery plans.

 

We discussed the opportunity to implement temporary measures to encourage outdoor dining and street activation from 1 December 2021 to 31 January 2022. I therefore propose that Council undertake consultation with the local businesses and residents who live within the village to investigate the introduction of temporarily expanded outdoor dining spaces along the eastern side of Longueville Road in front of existing restaurants and trialing the closure of Birdwood Lane in the evenings to facilitate use of the entire laneway as a dining precinct. I envisage that shops currently fronting Longueville Road on the western side would be able to service dining areas located along the rear laneway alongside existing food and beverage outlets.

 

These temporary arrangements could be put in place on Longueville Road to operate from say 3 pm Friday until Monday morning with the parking spaces restored along Longueville Road for the the weekdays. Birdwood Lane would be closed on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings from 6pm - 10pm.

 

For residents who have parking access from Birdwood Lane, Council could provide opportunities to park within the Canopy when the laneway is closed.

 

The General Manager has indicated to me that he proposes to continue the suspension of outdoor dining fees to restaurants until the end of January to provide further opportunities for businesses to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. The new outdoor spaces created would also be provided to businesses free of cost.

 

I note the Notice of Motion on this meeting’s agenda relating to the summer entertainment program which, in combination with this initiative, will provide an excellent opportunity for our community to embrace local dining opportunities and enjoy all that Lane Cove village has to offer. By implementing it as a trial, Council would gain valuable information to inform any decision about whether to make the changes permanent.

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That:-

1.   Council undertake consultation with businesses and residents in the Lane Cove village regarding a trial over December 2021/January 2022 of opportunities for expanded outdoor dining, and enhanced pedestrian amenity as outlined in the Mayoral Minute; and

 

2.   Council receive a report on the outcome of the consultation at the November 2021 Council Meeting.

 

 

 

 

 

Councillor Pam Palmer

Mayor

 

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