Al fresco fees cut in Glenelg Shire

AL fresco dining is being encouraged in Glenelg Shire, with the council halving its footpath dining fees.

Restaurants and cafes will now pay $55 for the privilege of setting up tables and chairs on footpaths, down from $110.

The decision to halve the cost was made unanimously at a recent council meeting to review the “fees and charges schedule” for the financial year ahead as part of budget preparations.

While most fees and charges rose by five per cent, Glenelg Shire mayor John Northcott said the outdoor dining fee was dropped in the hopes of encouraging tourism and businesses in the municipality.

“Places like the Portland foreshore and Cape Bridge­water offer wonderful sea views and eating outdoors is particularly popular during the summer months,” Cr Northcott said.

The new fees and charges will take effect from July 1.

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