Supporting our local businesses: outdoor trading and dining

Key shopping strips in townships across the Peninsula are being opened up for more outdoor retail and dining to help our local businesses bounce back from lockdown.

We are supporting our local businesses to access more footpath space for trading, and have created a new parklets program, which repurposes car parking spaces outside shop fronts for outdoor dining. Businesses can apply for an Extended Outdoor Dining Permit through a streamlined process.

This has meant changes to many of our key commercial centres, including:

  • Blairgowrie
  • Mornington
  • Mount Eliza
  • Mount Martha
  • Rosebud
  • Rye (Dundas St shops)
  • Sorrento

You might have to drive a little slower and park a little further away to enjoy your favourite shops, cafes and restaurants this summer but it’s a small price to pay to keep our village centres alive and support local jobs.

This work is essential to help our local shops, cafes and restaurants stay viable under the State Government’s COVID-safe regulations.

The partial closure of Main Street and other traffic measures around the Peninsula are proposed until the end of February.


Info for Community

Welcome to your new look street!

What’s going on?

We’ve opened up our streets to outdoor trading and dining to help our local businesses bounce back.


A few reasons:

  • It’s best to be outdoors right now
  • It’s time to slow down, relax and re-connect
  • It’s vital we support our local businesses and local jobs

But we need something from you…

Outdoor dining means fewer car spaces but it’s a small price to pay to keep our village centres alive and all of us safe.

The parklets program will inevitably mean slightly fewer parking spaces. But it’s vital we do this to support our local businesses and local jobs.

People who need to access disabled parking close to shops and services will still be able to do so.

Please walk or ride your bike to the shops were possible, our less mobile community members (including those with small children) will need the parking.

Parking restrictions in and around our townships will still be enforced. This is necessary to ensure a regular turnover of car spaces so those who need to drive are able to access parking.

Traffic management measures are now in place around key shopping strips. This includes lowered speed limits, crucial to ensuring the safety of shoppers and diners in the slow street zones.

To support outdoor dining, some street furniture such as bench seats and rubbish bins will be removed and will be re-installed at a later date.

Info for Business

Options to extend outdoor dining space include:

  • Expansion on footpaths
  • Parklets - Parklets repurpose carparks outside shopfronts into additional outdoor dining space. They use seating and planting to create an inviting space to sit and dine, while allowing for increased social distancing.
  • Temporary street closures - If multiple businesses are looking at outdoor dining, they can make a joint application for additional space and a temporary street closure may be considered on appropriate streets.
  • Other public land - Will be considered in some circumstances.
  • Private land - The Shire is fast tracking temporary outdoor dining applications on private land to within 4 days.

Apply for an Extended Outdoor Dining Permit

Learn more about the business information and support the Shire is offering to support local business during Coronavirus.

Closing date extended!

Mornington Peninsula Shire is looking for the best examples of sustainability within the Parklet Program!

If you’re thinking sustainable design, construction and use then we’d love to know and promote your project.

For inspiration on what you could do, check out the tips for Environmentally Sustainable Parklets in the Design Guidelines here.

The grand prize is a Biofilta self-wicking garden bed – ideal for growing herbs, vegetables or indigenous plants with minimal maintenance and water, and made from recycled plastic.

Applications are open now and close 5pm on 29 January 2021. Entrants will need to submit written evidence and/or photos of their parklet and the sustainable initiatives included.

The grand prize winner and two runners-up will be announced on the Shire’s Facebook page in December 2020.

Apply for the Sustainable Parklet Competition