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Our communities are ready to make up for lost time post-lockdown.  

The Alfresco Restart Package will bring the streets of NSW back to life thanks to a raft of initiatives and $66 million in funding that will see outdoor dining, live music and entertainment return.  

As the state reopens, we are supporting people to reconnect with family and friends over a meal or entertainment in COVID-Safe outdoor spaces. 

The programs will provide more, better and activated public spaces to support community wellbeing and economic recovery.

The Alfresco Restart initiatives being rolled out from November include: 

  • Changing the outdoor dining planning rules permanently to allow pubs and small bars to implement outdoor dining more easily
  • Setting up emergency temporary alfresco dining measures for businesses to setup dining in parks and public spaces
  • Offering $5,000 rebates for hospitality businesses to get their outdoor dining ventures in a park or public space off the ground. Registrations are now open via Service NSW.

This package is part of the NSW Government’s efforts to support businesses and communities recover from the pandemic, as vaccination rates increase.  

These programs support delivery of the Premier’s Priority to increase the proportion of homes in urban areas within a 10-minute walk of quality green, open and public space by 10 per cent by 2023.  

The Festival of Place

The Festival celebrates the breadth, beauty and possibilities of NSW’s public spaces. We encourage people to re-emerge and engage safely with public spaces.

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Outdoor dining

The NSW Government has streamlined planning approvals for outdoor dining to support local venues and rejuvenate the economy.

The Rocks Outdoor Dinning. Photo by: Anna Kucera