The Alfresco Restart Package

Waverley Council and the NSW Government have offered the local business community a range of support packages since COVID-19 began in early 2020. As businesses begin to open up post-lockdown, and in anticipation of a busy summer season, the NSW Government recently announced additional support for businesses across NSW to encourage a quicker economic recovery.

The NSW Government’s Alfresco Restart Package offers a range of funding avenues to be explored by local government and the business community from a share of $66 million in funding. Initiatives focus on commercial centre activations and involve outdoor dining, live music and  other entertainment activities.

Waverley Council is currently coordinating submissions for two grant packages that will support activation initiatives in our commercial centres (up to $500,000), in addition to a summer event program (up to $15,000).

Waverley Council is committed to reopening safely and efficiently over the coming months and welcomes the NSW Government’s intention to allow food retail and drink premises to implement outdoor dining options more easily. Over the coming weeks, $5,000 grants will also open for hospitality businesses to apply. Council is currently reviewing opportunities to support this process at the next Council meeting at the end of November 2021.