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Outdoor dining history was made in Harris Park on Tuesday.
Deputy Premier John Barilaro launched a trial which aims to reduce red tape for small businesses in the retail food sector. The office of the NSW Small Business Commissioner has been working with councils on a simpler outdoor dining policy.
“An established retail food business wanting to offer outdoor dining currently has to comply with nine pieces of legislation across many government agencies and go through a complex approval process,” Mr Barilaro said.
Parramatta is one of six NSW councils that signed up and has waived outdoor dining fees for all businesses outside the CBD as part of the nine month trial. More councils are expected to join.
Velsha’s Indian Takeaway owner Sasha Kumaravel is the first NSW participant to get on board. She hopes to attract more customers and breathe new life into the Harris Park dining strip.
“I spoke to the council about opening an outdoor dining area earlier this year and they gave me the forms but I just didn’t have time to do it,” she said. “This new trial will make it easier for businesses like mine in the area. I’m sure it will encourage more businesses to move outside, which will bring more customers for all of us.”
She had been with Sydney Trains for 14 years when she quit last year to pursue her passion for South Indian food. “It was a difficult process initially because it was completely different to what I was doing before. But now the business is going very well because a lot of the customers are from overseas and come in because they love the homestyle food.”
This article first appeared on www.parramattasun.com.au
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