Street dining on the menu for Hobart

Changes have been made to paid parking and loading zone provisions to offset the loss of spaces.

The council is offering participating business a range of free support during the trial – which runs until the end of May – including the delivery and installation of equipment like planters (and plants), and traffic engineering and management support to ensure the proposal is safe.

Simple Cider in Elizabeth Street was the first venue to embark on the trial. Owner Patrick Meagher said the program was good not only for his business, but neighbouring ones as well.

“We have an outdoor dining permit that exists on the footpath at the moment and that is fantastic, but at the same time when that gets
quite busy it impedes the footpath a little bit which is something that really we don’t want to do,” he said.

Mr Meagher said street-side dining will bring colour, fun and excitement to the street and will also offer another opportunity to engage with the community.

“We can see some increased vibrancy in midtown which we are lucky and proud to be part of and this trial is part of that,” Mr Meagher said.

“It gives businesses like us an additional hospitality space to utilise but it makes the town look so much more exciting, so much more fun.

“The benefits are not only to us as a business, it’s a space for people to use and just have a good time.”

Hobart Lord Mayor Anna Reynolds said the concept would hopefully also be tested at two Liverpool Street locations – Straight-Up Coffee + Food and Pilgrim Café – over the coming months.

“This project is part of the City’s post-COVID response to build the resilience of our local traders and business operators as they work their way through the ongoing impacts of the pandemic,” Cr Reynolds said.

“Providing more outdoor seating options broadly benefits local businesses and the city by adding greater vibrancy to our streets and increasing the number of visitors to an area.”

Cr Reynolds said Street-Side Dining would also limit the impact on pedestrians.

“Evidence in other cities shows that this type of public use increases the number of people visiting an area and broadly benefits businesses in the areas where these are installed,” she said.

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