For small business owners on Queen Street like Khaled Halabi, Council funding to improve their outdoor dining space came as a boon last year.

“Good, new outdoor furniture is really expensive, so without this grant, I don’t think that I would’ve been able to order new tables and chairs at this time, especially considering the downturn in customers on the street,” said Mr Halabi who has been on Queen Street for over 30 years with his popular tobacco and coffee outlet, King of the Pack.

Businesses in the Campbelltown and Ingleburn CBD precincts can now apply for a second round of Outdoor Dining Grants of up to $5000 to help them establish an outdoor dining area.

“Outdoor dining enhances our streetscapes and helps local eateries to expand the capacity of their business,” Mayor of Campbelltown George Greiss said.

“The first round of grants were very popular and saw a fantastic outcome with several businesses able to upgrade their outdoor dining areas.”

The first round of grants released last year saw more than $85,000 worth of funding distributed across 21 businesses in the Campbelltown and Ingleburn city centres.

The grants aim to help local restaurants, bakeries, takeaway shops, hotels, bistros and cafes to purchase quality outdoor dining furniture to establish or enhance their outdoor dining space.

Assistance is available for businesses to assess the visual profile of their proposed dining area and to apply for the grants.

Businesses must have a valid Outdoor Dining Permit to apply.

Grant applications close on Monday 18 March 2024.

Further grant conditions and information on how to apply are available here: https://www.campbelltown.nsw.gov.au/Business/Outdoor-Dining/Outdoor-Dining-Grant