Moving out of doors
ALFRESCO is the way to go! That seems to be the message for Murwillumbah as the town looks set for an expansion in the amount of outdoor dining.
A number of premises are already catering to diners outdoors, changing the face of the town's Main Street footpaths.
And Tweed Council is in favour of the move with a senior Tweed Shire Council officer yesterday confirming initial talks had been held with three food businesses on new footpath dining and a fourth, which has been approved, is still to be built.
Recently, the Shells on Broadway fish and chips shop added alfresco dining to its operations after the Council built a timber deck on former carpark space outside the shop.
Proprietor Shelly Leape reckons the deck has been one of the best things to happen for her business. She said alfresco dining along the eastern stretch of Main Street had also created "a little eating out end of town".
An added bonus from the timber deck, was that it drew more customers to her shop.
"People come around the corner and they can see we are here," she said.
Council development control manager Garry Smith said initial talks had been held concerning new alfresco dining areas outside the Austral Cafe and the Murwillumbah Hotel and an expansion westwards of the dining area outside Luffley Cafe.
As well approval had been granted last year for alfresco dining outside the Australian Tavern although it had not been acted on.
Mr Smith said development applications would have to be lodged and publicly advertised for the new proposals which would also require support from the business chamber if they involved a loss of carpark spaces.
However he said the planned new two-tier carpark adjacent to the swimming complex would alleviate current carparking concerns.