Outdoor Dining in the Pyrenees


Pyrenees Shire Council is on hand to assist local hospitality businesses to re-activate as the region begins to open up. Step 3 of the Victorian Government’s Roadmap to Recovery allows businesses serving food to once again provide a dine-in option. To support the recovery of the hospitality sector, businesses are being encouraged to bring their indoor experience to the outside.

The State Government has announced Outdoor Eating and Entertainment Package Business Grants of $5,000. This grant program is now open and available to each hospitality business to support this move to set up or expand outdoor dining. Please read the Guidelines and Application form.

This grant funding can be used for the purchase of a range of equipment, such as: umbrellas, outdoor furniture, blinds, screens, outdoor power points, and heating.  The funding can also be used for marketing the experience and COVIDSafe staff training.

Council is committed to help maximise this opportunity for the hospitality industry. A single point of contact will be made available to assist wherever possible to facilitate outdoor dining for businesses.

Read more about the program by downloading this flyer(PDF, 936KB).

Please note that a local law permit(PDF, 339KB) is required to place items on Council managed land. However, the State Government has provided additional funding to Pyrenees Shire to assist with costs associated with outdoor dining permit fees.

Public liability insurance is also necessary to trade on footpaths and roadsides. However, Council is now able to cover Public Liability insurance through our insurer.

To further assist businesses, our team is committed to work through the individual requirements of businesses one-on-one. Please contact Kate Joss, Placemaking Facilitator on 0418 548 997 or email kate.joss@pyrenees.vic.gov.au (Tuesday – Thursday) to discuss your outdoor dining plans.

Also, as part of the $250,000 State Government funding provided to Council, Pyrenees Shire will conduct a series of Placemaking initiatives (refer below for Placemaking) over the warmer months to accommodate further spaces for outdoor dining and seating in our townships. A range of creative solutions are being explored including the temporary use of car parking areas and minimal impact road closures. Concept ideas include pop up green spaces with tables, umbrellas and planter boxes to create an enhanced destination experience and friendly environment for visitors and locals alike to feel safe while dining and exploring the township. 

Do you have any ideas to share with Kate?  We would love to hear from you. 


What is Placemaking?

Placemaking is an activity that recognises the uniqueness of a place and involves listening to the people who live, work, visit, study and play in a place to discover their needs and aspirations. It uses short-term and long-term public space interventions to build on the place’s existing qualities.

While the social and economic landscape has changed due to COVID-19, our long term objective is to revitalise our major townships as places for people of all ages to come together in a ‘COVID normal’ environment. Placemaking will play a key role in assisting the economic recovery of our townships. Together we can re-imagine our township precincts and create vibrant, memorable and social places where people feel safe and have a sense of belonging and pride.