Another opportunity to activate Redlands Coast parks

13 Apr 2022

Redlands Coast businesses have another chance to apply for a temporary commercial permit in select Redlands Coast parks from today.

Mayor Karen Williams said Round 1A of the expressions of interest process would further support local businesses and help activate more of the city’s parks and open spaces to support our vibrant and liveable communities.

“Locals have told us they love seeing our naturally wonderful outdoor spaces used in a variety of ways,” Cr Williams said.

“Businesses that encourage existing users to stay a little longer – as a coffee van would – or will bring in new users – as a fitness class might - can bring a new lease of life to community spaces at times when they might usually be quieter.

“During Round 1, open last October, 17 expressions of interest were received across 14 parks. Successful applicants from that round have been formally invited to apply for a certificate of approval.

“Today’s opening of Round 1A will see even more of our parks realising their potential as dynamic spaces for the community to enjoy.

“Like the first round of the EOI process, Round 1A supports a range of activities, generally of a small -scale and restricted to a footprint of 30sqm.”

Examples include:

  • personal fitness training and coaching programs
  • mobile food and beverage vehicles
  • hire of recreation equipment (watercraft, bikes, scooters)
  • entertainment (busking, face painting, magicians, jumping castles, mobile animal petting and entertainers for small events and celebrations)
  • tourist-based activities (canoe and kayak tours).

“At each park, the number of commercial activities is capped at between one and three, depending on the size and shape of the space,” Cr Williams said.

“Space is only available in parks where activities would not impact the amenity and safety of park users and neighbours. Vendors that complement nearby businesses by offering a different product or service will be preferred.

“If shortlisted, vendors will be invited to formally apply for an approval with terms and conditions.”

For more information on how to lodge an EOI and for the list of the applicable parks and open spaces visit Round 1A will close on 11 May 2022.

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