The Victorian Government announced the easing of some restrictions from 11.59pm on Tuesday 27 July 2021 enabling certain activities to resume under COVIDSafe Setting. However, public events remain prohibited. These directions are anticipated to remain in place for at least two weeks.
Organisers of events effected by the current directions will be contacted by a Council representative to discuss cancellation and the process for rescheduling if applicable.
The City of Kingston cannot process applications for events on Council owned or managed land while Victoria is subject to restrictions prohibiting the number of attendees or type of activity proposed. All applications currently in processing and any new applications received will be placed on hold until such time as the restrictions ease to allow the event to proceed.
Council’s Commercial Use of Public Land Policy was adopted in 2018 to provide a framework for Council's consideration of proposals for commercial activities on beaches, parks and other Council-owned or controlled land, and to provide for the appropriate regulation of these activities.
Council's aim is balance the promotion of innovation, business and the entrepreneurial spirit of our community, with ensuring that requests received for use of land are appropriate.
Kingston is committed to the principle that public land is for the benefit of the community. We recognise that some commercial activities are best suited on public land, however any use of public land should minimise disruption to the everyday user. Where these uses have a community benefit, Council may consider granting approval.
This policy does not apply to Council-owned or controlled buildings, as Council has a Leasing Policy that applies to building, and does not apply to Council-organised events. Nothing in this policy - or permits or licences issued under it - shall contravene any planning instrument, common law or Council’s local laws.
Pubic Events Framework
While restrictions remain in place for metropolitan Melbourne in response to the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic, Commercial Events open to the public will be subject to the Victorian Government Public Events Framework. The Framework defines a public event and sets specific directions under a Tiered system determined by expected daily attendance.
It is the responsibility of the event organiser to abide by the directions of the Public Events Framework including obtaining State Government approval to proceed with events classified as Tier 1 or 2.
Holding a Commercial Event on Council land