Start of early opening trial for cafes in Cronulla, Gymea and Kirrawee CBD precincts

Table service: While cafes can open earllier, under the trial they will not be able to set up outdoor furniture until 6.30am. Picture: John Veage
Table service: While cafes can open earllier, under the trial they will not be able to set up outdoor furniture until 6.30am. Picture: John Veage

The six-month trial allowing cafés in Cronulla, Kirrawee and Gymea central business districts to open at 5:30am started on Monday, March 13.

Conditions will apply to businesses who chose to participate in the trial, including noise considerations to neighbours and no outdoor seating or dining until 6:30am or play music until 7am under the new arrangements.

Cafés included in the program are located in the Cronulla Centre, Gymea Bay Road between President Avenue and Kingsway and Oak Road, Kirrawee between President Avenue and Flora Street.

Participation in the trial will only be available to qualifying businesses and will be voluntary.

Eligible businesses will be contacted by Sutherland Shire Council directly, and nearby residents will be notified of the business’ availability to participate.

Feedback from businesses will be assessed at the conclusion of the trial on September 17, 2017.

Consideration will then be given to a review of Council’s draft Development Control Plan to allow

cafes to apply for permanent earlier opening hours.

For a full list of the conditions which apply to participating businesses during the trial period, visit Council’s website and follow the links in the ‘Business’ panel.