Dining in the open air makes its way to Lismore
By NERIDA BLOK Lismore City Reporter
LISMORE is on the cusp of a revolution in kerbside dining and Thai Satay Hut owner-manager Chris Knight is at the vanguard.
The Keen Street restaurateur said he was pleased that Lismore's councillors last week voted to loosen restrictions on rules governing kerbside dining in the city.
Mr Knight said he had been wanting to embrace alfresco-style dining and had lodged an application with the council, but was prevented by the old policy.
He said the changes, including greater uniformity across issues relating to the use of footpaths, would see Lismore streets open up with more outdoor dining.
"It puts the discretion back onto council and allows them to decide if they think it is in the public interest or not," he said.
"It (kerbside dining) embraces the nature of the city as a go-ahead cosmopolitan place. The changes will benefit everyone."
Lismore City Council special projects manager Lindsay Walker said the revised policy would be 'more flexible to encompass more of the local government area, not just the CBD'.
"And it brings equity to the existing and future licences, be- cause right now there is a disparity between kerbside licence areas," he said.
Mr Walker said the policy was also revised to address new legislation being introduced from July 1, banning all smoking on prem- ises.