Dining fees paid out

 

WHITSUNDAY Regional Council has resolved to reimburse footpath dining fees for food businesses along the main street of Airlie Beach for the 2012 and 2013 financial year.

Council's Mayor Jennifer Whitney said the Airlie Beach main street revitalisation project would see many main street businesses disrupted due to roadworks, noise, dust, accessibility to shops and reduced car parking.

"Although the main street upgrade will no doubt provide numerous benefits to local food (and other) businesses, council has decided to waive the annual renewal fee for footpath dining in recognition of the upcoming disruptions they will have to work with," Cr Whitney said.

"Council and Probuild Civil will be working very hard to ensure that disruptions are minimised however with a project of this nature and scale, we cannot move forward without these factors coming into play," she said.

There are seven food businesses along the main street of Airlie Beach (Shute Harbour Road), who will still have to submit a $151 application along with public insurance documentation, although council will not charge the proposed $146 per square metre fee annual renewal fee.

Also from this week onward, dogs will be allowed into compliant outdoor cafes and restaurants after a motion to allow this was passed at last week's council meeting.

Cr Kevin Collins suggested council should approve the move, letting local outdoor eateries make up their own minds on whether to condone the admitting "cappuccino canines".

"Let the market forces decide," he said.


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