Outdoor Activation Project

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Benalla Rural City Council has been given the opportunity to access $300,000 to drive economic and social activity through the Victorian Government’s Outdoor Activation Fund.

The program will create lasting impacts for the business community and enable Council to activate projects to:

  • increase the vibrancy of the Shire’s outdoor dining/parklet programs in the townships of Benalla, Goorombat and Swanpool
  • incorporate more arts, culture, creativity and community activities into the streetscape
  • positively contribute to increased economic social activity in the wider municipality
  • drive visitation and encourage better dispersal
  • bring the community together in a way that is positive, meaningful and COVIDSafe.

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The following priority projects have been identified: 

Part A – Immediate Outdoor Activation

  • Outdoor dining pods at Goorambat, Devenish and Swanpool (similar to those recently installed around Lake Benalla)
  • Lighting of the Bridge Street pergolas and laneway linking the Denny Street car park
  • Signage for outlying townships to improve pedestrian flow and encourage dispersal
  • Installation of Parklets in Bridge and Nunn Street, Benalla. Parklets are a temporary street installation that increase the outdoor seating capacity in CBD areas. Additional information on parklets can be found here.

Part B - Semi-permanent and Permanent Outdoor Precinct Establishment

  • Extension/upgrade of walking/jogging around the lake
  • Updated outdoor furniture for the Skate park and BMX area
  • Additional seating at the Library including an all weather cover
  • Design and costings for an outdoor stage for Jay Cee Island

Due to the tight timeframe required of Council to meet the funding guidelines of the State Government, it is proposed that further community consultation will be undertaken once the State government has approved the initial concepts highlighted above.  

Have your Say

Council welcomes community ideas and input. Submissions close 5pm Friday 19 November 2021.

Council is also consulting with local businesses to identify opportunities for consideration. Businesses within these target sectors are encouraged to provide feedback via email council@benalla.vic.gov.au