MARKET-STYLE street stalls for the Warrnambool May Racing Carnival have been approved by the city council in a bid to generate more dollars for retailers.
Councillors resolved last week to allow for applications from cafés and restaurants keen to sell their wares outside their premises during the three-day event after a submission from a pizza parlour.
Warrnambool City Council has called for other food-related retailers interested in setting up a stall to get in contact with its local laws and business support units.
A proposal by pizza restaurant Bojangles to set up a mobile food van outside the Seanchai Irish Pub on the opposite side of Liebig Street was given the go-ahead at last week’s council meeting, leading to councillors welcoming further applications.
City growth director Bill Millard said councillors had expressed warm support for the street stall concept following the initial Bojangles application, with a view that it would create an atmosphere similar to the Wunta Fiesta.
He said the opportunity would only be open on the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights of the carnival — not the entire week.
“Anyone who has seen Liebig Street in the evening following each race day knows that the area is absolutely transformed,” Mr Millard said.
“Council was very open to the initial proposal by management at Bojangles and the Seanchai and indicated they would be happy if other people wanted to make similar applications.
“What is envisaged is that retailers may want to set up something similar to Wunta where retailers take their operations out on the street, taking advantage of the high volume of foot traffic.”
Unlike the Wunta street parties, Liebig Street will still be open to motor vehicles for the duration of the racing carnival later this month.
Bojangles will operate its mobile pizza van on the Wednesday and Thursday nights of the carnival but council has left Tuesday evening as an option for al fresco eateries as well.