Businesses, shops and cafés can benefit from a new Logan City Council program which aims to enhance the local shopping and dining experience for residents and visitors.

The program will assist with upgrades and repairs to awnings, shutters and façades to improve the appeal of an area, boost streetscape amenity and increase pedestrian traffic.

It is also hoped the program will foster more footpath dining across the city, encourage greater use of greenery and result in the reinstatement of heritage features where applicable.

Under the Logan Façade Improvement Program (FIP), Council will fund $2 for every $1 spent by an applicant to a maximum $5000 investment by Council on any single project.

The program is open to property owners and tenants with ground-floor, open-to-the-public premises in areas zoned as Neighbourhood or Local Centres. This includes many popular retail and dining precincts across the city.

There will also be a special focus on those businesses and shops within the Logan Central Local Plan boundaries.

Applicants for funding will be assessed under criteria that includes:

• The impact the works will have on the area

• Community value of the upgrade

• Value for money

• Quality of the proposed improvements

• Use of local suppliers to deliver the works

Economic Development Chair, Deputy Mayor Jon Raven urged eligible local businesses to get involved in the program.

“This program is designed to reinvigorate our smaller centres across the city as welcome spaces draw people to an area and help them feel safe,” Councillor Raven said.

“As businesses look forward to a post-COVID recovery, Council wants to incentivise them to invest in their street frontage to improve the look of an area and attract more customers.”

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