Esperance businesses can now apply for an 'urban node'

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Businesses in the Esperance town centre can now apply to be part of the Shire of Esperance's alfresco dining trial.

The shire has proposed creating 'urban nodes' as part of the Esperance CBD Landscaping Concept Design.

The nodes create opportunities for alfresco dining areas or public open spaces in front of restaurants and cafes by modifying the parking layout

Businesses can put in an expression of interest until 2.00pm on Monday, November 18.

The nodes aim to promote vibrancy in the town centre, support local business and encourage walking and pedestrian activity.

The trial of the urban nodes will look at whether the spaces have the intended outcomes and if there is public and business support for them.

The trial will see a temporary decking structure sit on the existing road parking surface.

There are two options for the size of the nodes. One is about 20m2 and the other is 40m2. There would be a loss of two and three carparks, respectively, for each option.

The nodes would have a barrier around the perimeter to ensure safe access and to create a boundary for the area.

The trial is set to run from December, 2019 until June 30, 2020.

Business wanting to apply need to fill out an expression of interest form, which can be found here.

The expression should outline the type of urban node, the size and location, a brief statement on the proposal and support from surrounding businesses if possible.

Expression of interest responses can be delivered to the Shire of Esperance Administration Building or emailed to amelia.fitzgerald@esperance.wa.gov.au.

Council unanimously approved launching the trial in October. Once the expressions are received, council will have to decide how many expressions to approve and where to approve them.