New street furniture in the form of "dining pods" are set to be installed in Benalla over the coming weeks.
The self-contained table and chair structures aim to offer more shelter for residents and visitors in key locations around the town in time for the warmer months.
Two pods will be located adjacent to the splash park overlooking Lake Benalla, while another four will reside behind the Sir Edward 'Weary' Dunlop Learning Centre.
Another three will be placed next to the Thomas Street shops.
Funding from the Victorian Government's Outdoor Activation Fund has made the project possible, with the aim to increase outdoor recreation and dining options for the community.
"We believe the installation of the new dining pods will facilitate more opportunity for locals and visitors to continue to enjoy the nearby facilities and shops," Benalla Rural City Mayor Danny Claridge said.
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"We look forward to warmer spring and summer temperatures and a lifting of restrictions so that we can all get out and about and enjoy a take-away lunch or coffee, or just a catch up with some family and friends."
The structures are said to add to Benalla's unique streetscape and offer more shelter than traditional picnic settings.
Outdoor eating pods were installed at Wodonga's Junction place earlier this year through funding to help facilitate dining under the state's Covid restrictions.
The design of the re-purposed shipping containers in Wodonga's 'Precinct One' have picnic tables and disability access ramps, as well as LED lighting.
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