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New survey seeks feedback on outdoor spaces

Outdoor dining and entertainment area at Old Bank corner, in Main Street Maldon

Mount Alexander Shire Council is asking for community feedback on the temporary outdoor dining and entertainment spaces installed in various locations within the shire.

Monday 10 May 2021

Mount Alexander Shire Council is asking for community feedback on the temporary outdoor dining and entertainment spaces installed in various locations within the shire.

With support from the State Government’s Outdoor Eating and Entertainment Program, Council established temporary outdoor eating and entertainment spaces in Maldon, Harcourt and Castlemaine to enable local businesses to cater for more diners whilst meeting COVID-19 restrictions.

Council installed a range of outdoor furniture in the spaces, including picnic tables and parklets, supporting some local businesses to extend their trading along the footpath or in allocated car parking bays outside of their business.

“It’s been fantastic to see our community come together to enjoy each of these spaces in a fun and safe way as part of our COVID-19 recovery,” said David Leathem, Manager, Economy and Culture, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

“Through the program, we’ve converted disused carparks into active and vibrant public spaces, and developed new and innovative ways to enjoy our towns, which is really exciting.”

Council worked in partnership with local businesses and association on the initiative, and collaborated with local artisans, arts and events producers, and community groups to make the spaces a reality.

“At this stage the outdoor spaces are temporary and only in place until June 30,” said Mr Leathem.

“We’re looking to gauge whether there’s any interest and support for extended outdoor dining in the shire, and community feedback will directly inform this process.”
Residents and local businesses are encouraged to visit shape.mountalexander.vic.gov.au/making-spaces and provide their feedback on the outdoor spaces by completing the short survey.

“We have set up two quick and easy surveys on our new digital engagement platform called Shape,” said Mr Leathem.
“The surveys are specific to each outdoor space, and there are separate surveys for local businesses.

Community feedback provided will be used to update Councillors on the project in late-May and establish what becomes of the spaces beyond 30 June.

“Let us know what you think about each of these spaces, and help us ensure that our towns continue to be vibrant, creative and connected places,” said Mr Leathem.

For more information, or to complete the survey visit shape.mountalexander.vic.gov.au/making-spaces or contact Lisa Merkesteyn, Heritage and Urban Design Officer, on 5471 1700 or l.merkesteyn@mountalexander.vic.gov.au.

Hardcopy surveys can be requested by calling 5471 1700 or via email at l.merkesteyn@mountalexander.vic.gov.au.

This initiative has been made possible through a $250,000 grant from the Victorian Government’s Outdoor Eating and Entertainment Package.



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