Monash Council will investigate further controls under its Footpath Trading and Access Policy 2016 to ensure outdoor trading areas on Council land are used for the service of food.
The review of trading areas includes all food precincts across the municipality including Kingsway in Glen Waverley and Eaton Mall in Oakleigh, and is being undertaken to ensure that Council land is utilised for the benefit of the community, and to protect the reputations of these areas as premier food destinations.
Mayor Paul Klisaris said Eaton Mall in particular enjoyed an unrivalled reputation not only in Victoria but internationally and it was important to ensure its reputation was maintained.
“We are heading into the summer months when Eaton Mall really shines as an al fresco dining experience,” Cr Klisaris said.
“However, currently some traders are not using their trading modules for the service of food. That is contrary to what Council envisaged for areas like Eaton Mall which are on Council-owned land.
“We’re looking at how we can improve the permit system to ensure that all trading modules are used for the service of food at all times to give visitors that fantastic dining experience that Eaton Mall, Kingsway and our other outdoor dining areas are renowned for.”
The review will be undertaken early next year and Council will consult with the community on the proposed changes.
Media Contact: Jo Robertson on 0418 393 979 or email Joanne.Robertson@monash.vic.gov.au