Frankston hospitality businesses can now apply for grants of $5000 to move their dining and entertainment offerings outdoors when Stage 4 restrictions are eased. The State Government grants are available to licensed and unlicensed hospitality businesses including restaurants, cafes, pubs, taverns, bars, clubs and takeaway food venues and can be used to pay for equipment such as umbrellas, outdoor furniture and screens.
The grants follow last month’s announcement that Frankston City Council would be taking advantage of up to $500,000 in funding to help support hospitality businesses as part of the Government’s $87.5 million outdoor eating and entertainment package. This will also help the council streamline permit processes so hospitality businesses can get back to work quickly and safely.
The success of Frankston’s 655 hospitality businesses, which employ 2862 people and have an annual turnover of more than $345 million, is vital to the health of the city’s economy, said council CEO Phil Cantillon. “After so many tough months, things are looking up and we are committed to supporting our hospitality venues to get back on their feet,” Mr Cantillon said. “A big part of this will be moving dining and entertainment outside into the open air, and our residents and traders have a real appetite for this exciting prospect.”
The council has established an outdoor dining and entertainment taskforce, including a team of precinct officers who are providing support to café and restaurant businesses and helping identify outdoor dining opportunities available to them. To speak to a precinct officer for advice regarding outdoor seating, approvals processes and social distancing requirements, email firstname.lastname@example.org