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Outdoor dining to enliven Belfield

Outdoor dining to enliven Belfield Cafes and restaurants in a local suburb in Canterbury-Bankstown’s north-west are trialing a new Outdoor Dining Program, as part of a pilot program aimed at revitalising the area. No  

Cafes and restaurants in a local suburb in Canterbury-Bankstown’s north-west are trialing a new Outdoor Dining Program, as part of a pilot program aimed at revitalising the area.

The City of Canterbury Bankstown is one of six council areas selected by the Office of the NSW Small Business Commissioner to be part of the program, with Belfield chosen for the local trial.

Mayor, Khal Asfour, said the program makes it easier for cafes and restaurants to expand their business outdoors and stay open later.

"It starts with a simplified application process for businesses taking part," Mayor Asfour said.

"We want our local businesses to go through an easy and seamless process when applying to introduce outdoor dining.

"Currently, businesses have to jump through hoops to have their outdoor and night time dining applications assessed, under state guidelines, including paying application and annual fees."

Throughout the trial, Council will waive outdoor dining fees for businesses that apply.

Mayor Asfour said alfresco dining contributes to the vibrancy of the City.

"It helps add character to our streetscape; provides extended trading opportunities for local business; and supports the prosperity of the local economy," Mayor Asfour said.

"I’m hoping this trial will attract even more people to Belfield to experience the diversity of food we have to offer."

Owner of Belfield’s Mancini’s Original Woodfire Pizza, Eric Mancini, welcomed the opportunity.

"I’m so glad our boutique suburb has been chosen. I think it’s great Council is supporting this policy, which aims to help small local businesses expand," Mr Mancini said.

"Outdoor seating always makes the street come alive."

There are more than 1,300 food establishments in Canterbury-Bankstown, the second largest number in NSW outside the Sydney CBD.

For more information, or to sign up to the trial, call Canterbury-Bankstown Business Advisory Service (CBBAS) on 9707 5727.


 21/11/2017 1:49 PM