Back by popular demand: Street trading and dining resume this Summer.

Mornington Peninsula Shire is again paving the way for extended footpath trading to support local traders this spring and summer.

Last summer saw the popular introduction of extended outdoor dining in many areas across the Peninsula.

Locals and visitors loved the initiative and restaurants and cafes were thrilled to be able to serve more people while still complying with regulations after months of being closed.

This year, we are bringing back footpath dining and parklets throughout the whole Shire and closing Main Street, Mornington (Esplanade to Barkley Street).

Restaurants and cafes will again be able to access more space to serve more customers safely. The repurposing of some car parking spaces at shopping areas is a small sacrifice to make in order to protect and promote the economic recovery of our local food businesses that have had to close their doors for several weeks this year, too.

Applications for outdoor dining permits are now open!

  • Businesses can apply to use (one of, or a combination of) extra footpath, parking or street space for outdoor dining, takeaway and retail.
  • The Outdoor Dining permit helps create extra space to allow social distancing

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.

We will make sure there are still the required number of car parks for people with disabilities and that access is maintained on the footpaths. If you see something that can be improved, let us know.

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.

Let us know your thoughts

We would love to hear your experience of outdoor dining on the Peninsula.