Council reviewing footpath trading policy

 10 April 2018

Eaton Mall Oakleigh

Monash Council is reviewing its Footpath Trading and Access Policy to ensure its outdoor trading areas build on the city’s reputation as a foodie destination and will seek community feedback on the proposed changes.

Deputy Mayor Shane McCluskey said Council’s vision for its outdoor trading areas is for vibrant, attractive and family-friendly areas where the enjoyment and serving of food is the focus.

“We want to promote these areas to attract visitors and create welcoming family environments,” Cr McCluskey said.

“When a local business wants to make use of an outdoor trading area on Council-owned land, as part of our assessment of these requests under the revised Footpath Trading Policy we will be wanting to ensure that traders make food available for consumption in these areas at all times, rather than restrict areas to drinking only.

“Eaton Mall and Kingsway are renowned locally and internationally as food destinations, providing predominantly Greek and Asian cuisine respectively, in an al fresco environment.

"The atmosphere and vitality of Eaton Mall in particular, is entirely unique to Melbourne and Council is dedicated to retaining that character as well as our other dining precincts.

“Council’s vision for Eaton Mall, Kingsway and other emerging dining destinations, is to protect, and continue to improve on, their reputations as foodie destinations, with Eaton Mall being the jewel in the Monash dining crown.

"It will do so by ensuring that traders across our city continue to contribute to its atmosphere and vitality, and its appeal to families, by making food available for consumption in al fresco areas at all times.”

Council is inviting the community and traders to provide feedback on the policy changes by 8 May 2018 by:

Media Contact: Emily Webb on 0466 026 560 or email Emily.Webb@monash.vic.gov.au

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