City prepares to close half of Bull Street, roll out barriers to support outdoor dining
The City of Greater Bendigo will close half of Bull Street, between Pall Mall and Hargreaves Street, from Wednesday October 14 to support hospitality venues in the street to expand their outdoor dining offer.
Motorists will still be able to access Bull Street from Hargreaves Street and the closure is expected to be in place until June 30, 2021 but may be reviewed earlier, subject to COVID-19 restrictions.
Fifty-two water-filled barriers will be moved into Bull Street mid-next week.
It is expected a further 40 concrete barriers will be installed throughout the week across the city centre in View Street, Mackenzie Street, Hargreaves Street, Edwards Street and King Street.
Director Strategy and Growth Bernie O’Sullivan said City staff had met with 80 venues to discuss expanding their outdoor dining spaces and were processing 42 local laws applications.
“We have had really positive discussions with hospitality traders across Greater Bendigo to talk about their options. For some, they have made the most of the footpath, others have elected to use a few car parking spaces and some have decided they are happy to keep operating with the space they have,” Mr O’Sullivan said.
“Where businesses have expanded into car parks, City staff are supporting them to investigate installing temporary, adjustable platforms and ramps, so these spaces are accessible and comfortable.”
The City has received a $500,000 Victorian Government grant to support improving public infrastructure for the purpose of expanding outdoor dining and activating public spaces.
Hospitality businesses can also apply for a $5,000 grant from Business Victoria to support the purchase of outdoor furniture, such as additional tables and chairs and umbrellas.
If a hospitality business is yet to get in contact with the City but would like to discuss opportunities for outdoor dining, they are encouraged to call 5434 6000 or email the Business Help Desk on [email protected]