In 2021/22, Mornington Peninsula Shire ran an outdoor dining program aiming to support businesses as they recovered from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The purpose was to increase activity in our shopping and dining precincts, increase local economy and boost our recovery on the Peninsula.

The feedback from traders and the community was overall very positive, while some expressed concern about the impact of the program on their businesses.

This year, the Shire is refining the program to support all traders to succeed and create vibrant, inspiring activity centres which our community and visitors to enjoy.

We are talking to traders, and would also like to understand community views as well.

COVID-19 recovery is a major focus throughout the 2021–22 financial year with Council investing $10M directly towards recovery projects, programs and initiatives including $650,000 to re-establish the outdoor dining and township activation program from October 2021 – April 2022.

Whatever the season we can Support Local and appreciate our own backyard. As part of the Support Local campaign we encourage locals to stay close to home and immerse themselves in all that our local region has to offer. It is the perfect opportunity to rediscover local, uncover new experiences and work through that must-do-bucket-list with friends and family.