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Wollongong City Council

Expanding the city’s outdoor dining opportunities

Friday 16 September 2022

Wollongong City Council has started some phased works to improve a new outdoor dining precinct. This project is proudly funded by the NSW Government through the Streets as Shared Spaces (Round 2) program and will expand on the Wollongong CBD outdoor dining trial.

This is the start of exciting aesthetic upgrades featuring parklets that create areas to sit, gather and enjoy food and drinks with friends and family. Through the Streets as Shared Spaces program we are creating opportunities for businesses to participate in the laneways outdoor dining trial that is already underway in Globe and Crown Lanes.

“Thanks to various funding opportunities from the NSW Government, we’ve been supporting an outdoor dining trial in two precincts within the City Centre and we’ve seen both residents and visitors enjoy more al fresco dining and other exciting experiences as a result of that,’’ Wollongong City Lord Mayor Councillor Gordon Bradbery AM said.

“For instance, Lovers’ Lane in February and Laneways Live in May saw the activation of Globe Lane and Crown Lane with outdoor dining, live music and other creative activations through decorations and roving performances.

“It’s exciting to be able to expand this trial to lower Crown Street and to create a walkable outdoor dining spine through the CBD.’’

As part of the project, lower Crown Street will remain one-way reverting to an eastbound traffic arrangement. The one-way arrangement – where traffic will be able to drive from Kembla Street towards the beach – will be a temporary trial until May next year. The plan creates a safer, lower speed environment for all users of the street.

We are working to deliver outdoor dining parklets that will be installed at points along the street in September for people to enjoy the space through the spring and summer months. Activating public spaces not only supports local businesses but it creates an opportunity for vibrant streets and public spaces.

“We’re committed to the ongoing activation of our city as a vibrant social hub, and initiatives like this respond to community desire to have outdoor dining options,’’ Wollongong City Council General Manager Greg Doyle said.

“This work continues the efforts we started pre-COVID, and then increased during the pandemic, to provide local hospitality businesses more flexibility in their operations, and to reduce the red tape that can put people off exploring things like outdoor dining.

“We’re grateful for the support and the grant funding from the NSW Government that helps make concepts like this a reality, and means that we can support our local businesses and open our city for residents and visitors to enjoy.’’.”

This project is proudly funded by the NSW Government through the Streets as Shared Spaces (Round 2) program.