THE CITY of Perth’s alfresco rules were under the microscope last week, with two councillors pushing for reforms to boost local traders.
At the City’s Planning Committee meeting, Cr Jemma Green said she had been approached by several Northbridge traders who were struggling to compete with pop-up bars and street vendors.
“This is about creating a level playing field with pop-ups and food trucks,” she said.
“Preparing food outside, for example, creates theatre that draws in customers.”
The City intends to review its alfresco policies in 2017, 17 years after the most recent review.
Chief executive Martin Mileham said the City assessed requests on a “case-by-case basis”.
“In some cases there may not be enough room… (Traders) should provide details of particular things they want to do that they are currently prevented from doing,” he said.
Deputy Lord Mayor James Limnios said the City “should look at boosting traders in the area”.
“We should try to work with the business community to help them in a time where they are struggling to bring more people into the area,” he said.
A review of alfresco regulations enabling traders to operate bars and prepare food on footpaths will be tabled at the City of Perth meeting tonight.
Australian Hotels Association WA branch chief executive Bradley Woods said the City’s alfresco regulations had successfully operated since 2000, and continued to be relevant and flexible today.
“There is an interest from some bars wishing to explore the option of an occasional permit allowing drinks to be prepared and mixed in their alfresco area and this can be part of the review.
“The full review would then allow for this issue and other important matters relating to alfresco areas to be considered.”
Mr Mileham said restaurants and bars in the City area should approach the City to explore what they could do in alfresco dining areas to attract business.