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Outdoor dining growth

CAFES and hotels across Loddon are expanding their outdoor dining dining areas to lift business during COVID-19 restrictions.

Pyramid Hill’s Coffee Bank last week took delivery of outdoor tables, seats and planter boxes supplied by Loddon Shire Council.

The shire received $250,000 from the State Government’s Outdoor Eating and Entertainment Activation Project.

The Coffee Bank’s Debby Forster said: “We have been able to increase our dining space and still observe the social distancing requirements.

“With the fine weather, customers are choosing to use the new outdoor space. It’s being well used.”

Debby said the funding was helping support local businesses.

“It’s really good. We can only have so many people inside.”

Her appreciation for council’s support was echoed by Newbridge Football Club president Kristian Shevlin.

The club runs the runs the town’s hotel and has established outdoor dining areas under the verandah of the historic local pub.

The first site under the project was launched last month at the Commercial Hotel Boort.

“This outdoor dining and entertainment activation funding will deliver a boost for our local pubs and cafes,” Loddon Shire Mayor Neil Beattie said.

“It is going to make a big difference to venues like the Commercial Hotel, and is about Council, in partnership with the State Government, providing stimulus to the hospitality industry after the tough year that has been 2020.”

Outdoor dining spaces have also been created at hotels in Pyramid Hill and Wedderburn while a new space have been developed for the cafe at Taranagulla Community Centre.

Umbrellas will also be added to many of the new outdoor dining areas.

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