I have had a number of positive comments about the new barriers installed on footpaths and parking spaces outside cafes, restaurants and licensed premises across Hobsons Bay.

They are part of the Hobsons Bay Business Has Heart outdoor program designed to help businesses to recover from the disruptions to their operations caused by the coronavirus pandemic by expanding their eating or drinking areas.

Hobsons Bay City Council has allocated $6 million since the beginning of the year to help the community cope with Covid-19 in a range of measures, including the barriers.

The barriers have been installed in many places in Strand Ward, including in Nelson Place, Williamstown, outside the Stag’s Head Hotel in Williamstown and Two Birds Brewing in Spotswood.

Hudsons Road shopping centre in Spotswood and businesses in Hall Street and Challis Street in Newport have also had them rolled out in recent weeks.

I have been approached by some residents to see if some of them can be permanently left in place.

So we will have to address that some months down the track.

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