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Commercial streetpath policy

By Robert Muir

A draft policy focusing on the use of footpaths and roads for commercial purposes, especially outdoor dining, street vending and street advertising, is on public exhibition by Federation Council.

Endorsed by council at its monthly meeting on December 17, the policy has been updated as the previous one was the former Corowa Shire and had not been updated since amalgamation in 2016. 

Federation Council’s director development and environmental services Sue Appleyard explained the new policy meets the requirements of setting a local approval policy under the Local Government Act 1993.
“The new policy applies to street vending, outdoor dining and street advertising, includes clear guidance on what activities are exempt and prohibited, and what activities requires an approval,” she said.

“It outlines the process for seeking approval of council. The new policy is supported by a procedure which provides further guidance to applicants about the application and assessment process.”

The policy also outlines the restrictions and requirements for street vending, outdoor dining and street advertising; and includes how council will monitor compliance with the policy.

The draft policy notification, which will invite any comments about the policy over a 28-day period, will appear in Federation Snippets of the Yarrawonga Chronicle and The Free Press.