Outdoor activation


In September 2020, the Victorian Government committed funding of $29.5 million to local councils to help them implement swift and streamlined permit, enforcement and monitoring processes to support expanded outdoor dining through the Local Councils Outdoor Eating and Entertainment Package project. As part of the funding, Indigo Shire rolled out a range of initiatives from pop up outdoor eating areas to street entertainment and the waiving of outdoor eating fees.

In November 2021, the Victorian Government committed an additional $40 million to support hospitality businesses and a broad range of industries that have been severely impacted by COVID restrictions (such as gyms, creative businesses, personal/beauty services, and non-essential retail) through the COVID Safe Outdoor Activation Fund 2021 Parts A and B - Part A ($150 000) being for projects of a temporary nature while Part B ($150 000) is for projects of a more permanent nature.

For more information on how to access the COVIDSafe Outdoor Activation Voucher Program please visit Business Victoria.

What we've achieved so far

Highlights from the COVID Safe Outdoor Activation Fund (Part A) to date include:

  • Waiver of outdoor eating fees in 2022 for all businesses with existing permits:
  • Over 30 street performances during 2022 supporting local artists and providing great atmosphere in the streets;
  • Further temporary furniture installations across the shire;
  • Streetscape improvements including planter box maintenance and Christmas street decorations; and
  • Support for markets, gyms and businesses outside the main shopping precincts.

Highlights from the COVID Safe Outdoor Activation Fund (Part B) to date include:

  • Completion of the Rutherglen outdoor eating space at the Visitor Information Centre;
  • Planning for Stage 2 of the Martins Lane project in Chiltern;
  • Planning for additional outdoor eating spaces in Beechworth; and
  • Developing concepts for a new outdoor eating space in Yackandandah.

The COVID Safe Outdoor Activation Fund project is being managed by Ross Smith Consulting:


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