Outdoor Eating and Entertainment Package 2020-21
The Outdoor Eating and Entertainment Package supports councils to expand outdoor dining as part of the roadmap to reopening.
In September 2020, the Victorian Government committed funding of $29.5 million to local councils to help them implement swift and streamlined permit, enforcement and monitoring processes to support expanded outdoor dining.
In January 2021, the Victorian Government committed an additional $5 million to a second, competitive program round to enable eligible local councils facing significant and unique challenges to access additional financial support.
Guidelines and Assessment Process for Applicants
The package is a competitive grants round, with eligible councils assessed on whether they face unique and significant challenges in activating outdoor dining that require further investment.
Applications opened on 5 February and closed at 2pm on 26 February 2021.
Eligible councils under Round 2 are:
- Metropolitan councils (excluding City of Melbourne)
- Regional cities (Ballarat City Council, Greater Bendigo City Council, Greater Geelong City Council, Greater Shepparton City Council, Horsham Rural City Council, Latrobe City Council, Mildura Rural City Council, Wangaratta Rural City Council, Warrnambool City Council, Wodonga City Council)
- Peri-urban councils (Bass Coast Shire Council, Baw Baw Shire Council, Macedon Ranges Shire Council, Moorabool Shire Council, Golden Plains Council and Surf Coast Shire Council)
Metropolitan councils and regional city councils received $500,000 in assistance, while rural councils received $250,000. This money is supporting businesses by reducing or waiving permit fees and being invested in infrastructure such as streetscaping and lighting.
Boroondara City Council
Greater Geelong City Council
Monash City Council
Port Phillip City Council
Stonnington City Council
Yarra City Council
Whittlesea City Council
Banyule City Council
Maribyrnong City Council
Darebin City Council
Frankston City Council
Glen Eira City Council
Hobsons Bay City Council
Mildura Rural City Council
Moonee Valley City Council
Moreland City Council
Mornington Peninsula Shire Council
Wyndham City Council
Yarra Ranges Shire Council
Bass Coast Shire Council
Horsham Rural City Council
Wangaratta Rural City Council