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.
Highlights from the COVID Safe Outdoor Activation Fund (Part A) to date include:
Highlights from the COVID Safe Outdoor Activation Fund (Part B) to date include:
Community engagement was undertaken in April / May 2022 to determine the preferred design of a new pavilion in Yackandandah adjacent to the Community Centre. Over 100 responses were received from the community, in addition to consultation with Yackandandah businesses and our Heritage Advisor.
From the original proposals a combination of concepts 1A & B was identified as the most preferred design option, along with a number of changes. Based on this feedback, and incorporating the below changes, we've developed a new design:
An artist's impression of the updated design can be viewed below:
Support of this updated design has also been obtained from our Heritage Advisor.
We'll keep you updated on when construction will begin and would like to thank everyone involved for your valuable feedback on this project.