Frankston City Council and the Committee for Greater Frankston are providing money for musicians and performers to play at outdoor dining venues and help the hospitality sector recover after the COVID-19 lockdown.
Cr David Asker said hospitality was vital to the city’s economy, with 655 businesses employing 2862 people and contributing an annual turnover of more than $345 million. “We’ve provided $40,000 as part of Frankston City’s Place Activation Program to support our Do It Outdoors campaign,” Cr Asker said. “Dining is alive and buzzing across Frankston City with unique outdoor experiences catering for everyone.”
Council officers have collaborated with hospitality businesses across the municipality to implement parklets and expanded outdoor dining spaces, which will be in place until June.
Committee CEO Ginevra Hosking said her organisation had secured a $20,000 Victorian Business Chambers and Trader Organisation Grant for the initiative. “Outdoor dining is a great way to reconnect with friends and dine alfresco-style among new and innovative dining installations,” Ms Hosking said. “There’s no shortage of gastronomic delights and vibrant outdoor dining options in streets, laneways, footpaths, open spaces and carparks across Frankston City.”
Frankston musician Simon Levick said it was “fantastic” to be part of the program. “The new outdoor dining areas look awesome and have injected a sense of community into these spaces,” Mr Levick said. “I’ve also been able to involve my music students, which has been a huge opportunity for them.”
You can enjoy entertainment each Friday at Norman Ave in Frankston South and Station St in Seaford; each Saturday at Frankston Foreshore’s Pier Promenade; and each Sunday at Wells St in the CBD and Broughton Reserve in Seaford. Venues in Beach St, Frankston, will be joining the program soon. The full Do It Outdoors program is available online, and performers who would like to take part are invited to apply.