Reactivating our vibrant spaces

Published on 01 July 2020

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It will be a whole-of-community effort as MidCoast Council, businesses and community organisations work together to bring back the MidCoast’s vibrant spaces initiative.

The easing of COVID 19 restrictions will allow the reactivation of the region’s main streets and the return of community markets and events.

“We are working with business operators, event organisers and community networks across the MidCoast, assisting with the development of COVIDsafe plans which are an essential requirement of reopening and reactivation,” said Council’s Economic Development Coordinator, Robyn Brennan.

“Our town centres are seeing a return of customers and to support this we are inviting interested businesses and community stall holders to reactivate their Vibrant Spaces registration and help to bring back colour and excitement to the streets.

The reactivation of our streets and public spaces will be a positive sight and will lift community spirit.

Community events are now permitted to go ahead, although things may be a little different with organisers required to ensure social distancing requirements are met which may mean proceeding without spectators in some cases.

“Some of the first events to go ahead will be those in the community sports area and include the AMSAG Car Rally at Bulahdelah on 18 July and the NSW Surf Masters at Boomerang Beach on 30 July,” added Ms Brennan.

And it’s great news for community markets, now given the go-ahead to reopen, with a COVIDsafe plan in place.

“While farmers markets, classified as essential services, were able to continue during the COVID restrictions, community markets had to cease for a while. We’re looking forward to seeing the reappearance of our vibrant community markets,” said Ms Brennan.

“We are aware market organisers face some challenges in meeting social distancing requirements and ensuring participant numbers on site remain within the guidelines. We can assist with developing the required COVIDsafe plan to meet the requirements.

“Our team is ready to assist businesses, event and market organisers to return to the street, stage and public spaces and provide some welcome vibrant spaces for the MidCoast.”

For more information to assist with activating spaces, please visit www.shopmidcoast.com.au and take a look at the business help hub.

To speak to a real person, call 7955 7777 and ask for the business liaison service.