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Outdoor dining policy encourages positive social experience

A recently adopted outdoor dining policy will significantly increase positive social and cultural experiences in the city.

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Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Outdoor dining policy encourages positive social experience

A recently adopted outdoor dining policy will significantly increase positive social and cultural experiences in the city.

The renewed outdoor dining policy was adopted at Whyalla City Council’s January meeting.

Outdoor dining contributes positively to the increased social and cultural life within the city, enhancing a sense of amenity, vibrancy and liveability, and is important to the economic success of dining establishments within the city.

Whyalla City Council group manager city development and delivery Andre Stuyt said in keeping with the times, Whyalla City Council had revised and updated its outdoor dining policy and streamlined the application process.

“The outdoor dining policy enables the council to safely manage the competing needs and interests of pedestrians, road users, and business owners by fairly assessing and permitting outdoor dining in a manner that improves the usage, quality and appearance of the city’s public realm, which it is ultimately responsible for,” Mr Stuyt said.

“Council inspectors will shortly be visiting food and hospitality based businesses to distribute the application and permit forms, and will assist business owners in the completion of the form.”

Mr Stuyt said upon issuing the outdoor dining permit, the council would require applicants to provide a copy of their public liability insurance.

“The council acknowledges the tough economic conditions that retailers are facing in Whyalla, and in adopting the new policy, have decided at this stage to not apply any fees and charges to the issuing of the outdoor dining permit,” Mr Stuyt said.

“The council thanks food based traders, the City Plaza Business Association, and the public for their valued input to help shape and improve this important policy in the use of the public realm, which was last updated in 2003.”

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