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Christmas comes early for footpath trading in Moira

Publish Date: 04/11/2016

Moira Shire has launched a new Footpath Trading Guidelines brochure to help local business meet the requirements of the Victorian Footpath Trading Guidelines and the Commonwealth Disability Discrimination Act.

A key feature of the new brochure is Council’s streamlined permit requirements for Christmas decorations.

Moira Shire Manager of Safety and Amenity Sally Rice said from this December many businesses will not need to apply for a permit for their temporary Christmas decorations provided they meet the guidelines and have public liability insurance.

“It’s one way we are working with business to encourage visitors and residents to enjoy and shop in our local towns.

The new brochure has been developed with help from local business and Council’s Disability Advisory Committee.

“Our goal is to make sure our footpaths are accessible to everyone from young toddlers to those in mobility scooters or with sight or mobility challenges. At the same time we want to provide opportunities for local retailers to trade, advertise, hold street events and promote their business and generally make our retail strips fun and inviting,” said Ms Rice.

Ms Rice said the new guidelines will simplify the requirements for business owners and clarify when a permit is required.

For example all street furniture, infrastructure, signs, trader’s activities and displays must be located towards the kerb side, not along the building or property line because the building side is a key point of reference for vision impaired pedestrians,” said Ms Rice.

Ms Rice said normal footpath trading opportunities varied from town to town.

“The design and width of local footpaths vary across the Shire and this can impact on our ability to issue a permit as requested by a retailer.

“The location along a shopping strip can also be a factor, for example we need to ensure good visibility of cars and pedestrians at intersections and road crossings,” said Ms Rice.

Copies of Council’s Footpath Trading Guidelines brochure are available online, from Council service centres or by contacting Council on (03) 5871 9222 or info@moira.vic.gov.au.

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