Hobsons Bay Business has Heart Outdoors

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1. Overview

As part of the Hobsons Bay Business Has Heart Outdoors program, Council has been working closely with local businesses across the city to safely reopen and extend outdoor trading areas as COVID-19 restrictions ease. Extended trading areas allow traders to safely serve more customers while meeting social distancing requirements and gaining greater exposure.

Council's Hobsons Bay Business has Heart Outdoors initiative supports businesses that opted-in to the program with customised fencing, barriers, planter boxes and signage to expand their trading footprint. Plaza-style communal parklet precincts were also created, providing shared outdoor tables, chairs and shade umbrellas for public use. 

Council’s dedicated team of Business Support Officers worked closely with each business that opted in to the program, to help them determine what options were available at each location and how Council could best support them.

Nelson Place Outdoors


2. Interactive Map: find an outdoor precinct near you

Outdoor activations have been installed across Hobsons Bay.

View this interactive map showing individual business locations.

HBBHH Outdoors Precinct Locations


  • Civic Parade
  • Harrington Square
  • Pier Street
  • Cnr Millers Rd & Queen Street

Altona Meadows

  • Alma Avenue

Altona North

  • Borrack Square
  • Blackshaws Road
  • Misten Avenue
  • The Circle
  • Second Avenue
  • The 16 Shops, Millers Rd


  • Eames Avenue
  • Geelong Rd


  • Aviation Road
  • Woods Street


  •  Blackshaws Road
  • Challis Street
  • Hall Street
  • Mason Street
  • Maddox Road
  • Melbourne Road


  • Hudson Road 

South Kingsville

  • Vernon Street


  • Albert Street
  • Cole Street
  • Douglas Parade
  • Ferguson Street
  • Nelson Place
  • Electra Street
  • Stevedore Street
  • Melbourne Road


Nelson Place


3. Have your say about the future of the Outdoors program

Following extensive consultation with local businesses and residents, Council has announced that the Hobsons Bay Business has Heart Outdoors program will be extended until 31 May 2022.  During this extended pilot, all participating businesses will be able to retain their existing extended trading areas. 

Council is currently seeking your feedback to help shape what the future program could look like beyond the extension date of May 2022.

Informed by previous feedback, Council has developed the Future Program Transition and Interim Design Guidelines(PDF, 467KB) that explain in what circumstances, and how, a business might be able to transition to a permanent or seasonal (e.g. during summer) outdoor trading area.

We invite all businesses, nearby residents and the community at large to consider the Future Program Transition and Interim Design Guidelines - that is, the criteria and guidelines for transitioning outdoor trading areas, where possible, to permanent or seasonal outdoor trading areas.

Click here to visit the project page and provide your feedback.

Please submit your feedback at your earliest convenience - the consultation period will close 5pm, Sunday 30 January 2022. If you have any questions about the survey, please email business@hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au and a member of the team will call you back.