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City of Ballarat to remove outdoor dining hubs

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Ballarat's controversial outdoor dining hubs are set to go.

The City of Ballarat says the hubs, in Armstrong and Sturt Streets, will be removed this week and replaced by glass wind barriers and umbrella sockets.

The temporary cubes, funded through the  Victorian Government’s $500,000 Outdoor Dining and Entertainment Package, were installed in January to assist  hospitality providers  expand their dining footprint in line with  COVID-19 social distancing requirements.

Council is now seeking feedback  from both the community and businesses to determine people’s opinions on the dining hubs, and to better understand ideas for future outdoor dining options in Ballarat through the Outdoor Dining Community Consultation Survey which closes Friday, April 16. The City will review all feedback once the consultation is complete.

The hubs had proven to be quite controversial with many calling for their removal given the number of car parks they had taken over.
 
 
 
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