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Outdoor Dining Parklet Trial

The Port Macquarie Town Centre Master Plan (TCMP) Sub-Committee endeavours to reinvigorate and activate the streets throughout the Town Centre. There is much demand for outdoor dining with limited space available within the existing verges.

Additional outdoor dining space within the Town Centre can be achieved with the installation of 'Parklets'. 

Businesses within the Port Macquarie Town Centre were invited to submit a conceptual Parklet scheme for review and selection by a panel.  From these submissions one more Parklet scheme will be selected for approval the existing two year trial scheme, after which Council may select to extend or discontinue the Parklets.

The Parklet trial is expected to provide a range of benefits including additional vibrancy & interest in the streetscape as well as delivering economic benefits to adjacent businesses. 

What is a Parklet?

A Parklet is a footpath extension that provides more space and amenities for people using the street. Usually Parklets are installed on parking zones and use several parkings. Parklets typically extend out level from the footpath to the width of the adjacent parking space.  Parklets provide additional alfresco dining space for nearby cafes and restaurants.

A Parklets may be thought of as permanent, but must be designed for quick and easy removal for emergencies or other maintenance requirements, allowing removal without damage to the curb or street.

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Who pays for a Parklet?

Council outdoor dining space fees and rates for the Parklet will apply.

The construction and maintenance costs associated with Parklets are to be funded by the operator and/or property owner.  Once installed the operator and/or property owner is responsible for ensuring that the area remains clean and attractive as for other outdoor dining areas.


Enquiries on Parklets can be made directly to Michael Nunez, Town Centre Landscape Architect by email michael.nunez@pmhc.nsw.gov.au or phone (02) 6581 8583.

This page was last updated on: 21 August 2020