Friday, 12 March 2021

Popular outdoor dining areas for restaurants, pubs and cafes in Wangaratta will continue through a COVIDSafe autumn thanks to support from the Andrews Labor Government.

Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes announced Wangaratta Rural City Council will receive an additional $150,000 to expand outdoor dining and support local hospitality businesses.

The council will use the funding to deliver outdoor dining options for the community and visitors to enjoy produce and hospitality in a COVIDSafe environment, including picnic seating at various places across the area.

The new funding is part of a $5 million extension to the $87.5 million Outdoor Eating and Entertainment Package released in September to support Victoria’s world-class hospitality industry.

The package provided councils across Victoria with $29.5 million in grants to set up outdoor dining areas and pocket parks, as well as waiving permit fees, streamlining processes and investing in lighting and other infrastructure.

Wangaratta Rural City Council used this funding to waive permit fees for businesses and help to set up parklets for outdoor dining at various locations across the city.

The $5 million additional funding was prioritised to metropolitan councils, regional cities, and peri-urban areas that have faced significant additional costs supporting outdoor dining, due to their size, location, geography or visitation.

For more information on local government support initiatives, visit

Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government, Shaun Leane

“Victorians have loved the outdoor dining areas we funded across the state this summer, and it’s great that we can continue that support in Wangaratta through a COVIDSafe autumn.”

“Councils are key contributors to local economies and the Victorian Government is determined to give them the support they need to create jobs and support economic recovery in their communities.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes

“It’s been great to see the life brought back to Wangaratta’s amazing cafes, restaurants and bars this summer and it’s fantastic we will see even more outdoor dining through the autumn.”

With this funding even more Wangaratta hospitality businesses can take advantage of outdoor dining opportunities for a COVIDSafe autumn like no other.”