Major traffic changes continue to be rolled out across the Mornington Peninsula to enable expanded outdoor dining in line with COVID-safe practices.
The closure of the service road between Ninth Ave and Rosebud Pde in Rosebud follows the closure of Mornington’s Main St between Barkly St and The Esplanade, while lower speed limits have been introduced to accommodate outdoor dining in Mount Martha, Mount Eliza and Sorrento.
“This week, reduced speeds and changed traffic arrangements will begin in Flinders, Blairgowrie and around the Dundas St shops at Rye back beach,” said Mornington Peninsula Shire Council’s traffic and transport team leader, Tom Haines-Sutherland. “The partial closure of Main St and other traffic measures around the Peninsula are proposed until the end of February.”
The State Government is providing up to $500,000 for councils to reduce or waive permit fees or invest in new infrastructure and equipment to support outdoor dining.
Winey Cow café owner Jill Henderson said the initiative had provided a real boost to Peninsula traders. “We have used the parklet this weekend with great success and the street closure has been very positive so far,” Ms Henderson said. “Our customers and everyone we have spoken to are in great support of the initiative and the vibe on the weekend was wonderful. Social distancing was also easily achieved with the road closure, and all our customers adhered to the rules.”