Provide more diverse hospitality and retail options.
What you told us
You told us that increasing the capacity and diversity of the hospitality industry would be an important way of reinvigorating the area now and in the future. You would like initiatives that encourage more cafés, restaurants and bars to enhance food and night-life offerings in the Docklands neighbourhood.
You said that you would particularly like access to a greater variety of local and fresh foods. You are especially enthusiastic about the idea of having a fish market in the area.
“A larger rage of fresh food would be amazing. We live by the water; can we have a seafood market?”
“Something that draws people here, great restaurants, great bars, Central Pier back, fresh food like a classic French market.”
“Fantastic dining experiences. Right now, Docklands is over-sized empty restaurants, empty shop fronts and an area where the authorities have effectively forgotten about. Embracing artists and restaurants would change it for the better."
What we’re doing
Through our Business Precinct Program 2021-25 we provide annual financial support to help precinct trader associations improve the look and feel of their areas, deliver local activations and marketing and promotion campaigns.
We provide a range of support for businesses including: grants, mentoring, workshops, extended outdoor dining initiatives, regular newsletters, research and data sharing.
We continue to strengthen Melbourne's economic recovery, including through precinct and shopfront activation, delivery of an enhanced business concierge service and support for the night-time economy.
Our Community Food Relief Plan 2021-2025 commits to improving access to food and food relief services, and to investigating opportunities for pop-up markets in our local neighbourhoods.
Our Community Food Guide is a resource for community agencies and anyone in the community who needs information on how to access affordable, fresh and healthy food.