Plans for a safe Mullum street dinner

Christopher Dean, Vanessa Behne, Steve Drake, Christina Khumari, Michael Murray and Malcolm Price. Photo Jeff Dawson.

Mullumbimby is using that infamous creativity to look at ways that businesses and people can come together to safely support one another as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. 

The Mullumbimby Chamber of Commerce, Byron Council and Creative Mullumbimby have been putting their heads together for a COVID-safe business plan. 

‘This is a great opportunity for our residents and business folk to come together and create something interesting. You never know, something may happen that is so good we won’t want it to go back to how it was,’ Suvira McDonald, president of Creative Mullumbimby, told The Echo

One idea is to access funding available from the NSW state government’s ‘Streets as Shared Spaces’ program to create pedestrian friendly streets.

The concept is that after 5pm on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, some streets will be partitioned off, so cafes and restaurants can take over parking spaces. They are looking to start the idea in Stuart Street, and would aim to lay out the spaces so that there is room for people to enjoy dining while still being able to maintain social distancing. 

‘This proposal has lots of support from the local business community’, said Janelle Stanford, president of the Mullumbimby Chamber of Commerce’.

‘We believe this can succeed as long as the public follows the appropriate guidelines’.

Art focus

Ensuring that it has a Mullumbimby flavour they are also looking to have the Creative Mullum ‘Culture Ark’ container placed centrally to be a stage and central hub.

The extra street room can also fill up with art, sculpture, performance and events.

If you have ideas or want to get involved, businesses and people are encouraged to get in contact with and join the Mullumbimby Chamber of Commerce via their website

‘There will be business – but not business as usual,’ said the Creative Mullumbimby team. 

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