Gloucester first for new Markets Policy

Published on 15 May 2019

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Following MidCoast Council’s adoption of a new Markets Policy in March, all market organisers across the region will need to apply to operate both new and existing markets.

The new policy will provide a contemporary and consistent approach to managing regular markets across the region and will ensure all markets are operating under the same policy. The new markets policy was adopted by Council on 27 March 2019 after an extensive public exhibition period.

Council is now implementing a staged transition to the new policy beginning with Gloucester, and other regions will follow at a later date.

There are currently two markets operating in Gloucester and for the first time, the Gloucester Farmers Market, currently coordinated by Council staff is looking for new organisers, providing a great opportunity for someone to take on a well-established, historically successful market operation.

“We’re pleased to be implementing an integrated markets policy that will support markets in our region to continue to deliver economic and social outcomes,” said Robyn Brennan, MidCoast Council’s Economic Development Coordinator.

“The policy helps ensure any benefits gained from holding markets on public land, are funnelled back to the community.

“We support the continued operation of existing markets and will work with new and existing market operators to transition to the newly adopted policy,” Robyn said.

Organising and coordinating successful markets is an opportunity for community members and organisations to provide valuable economic, cultural and social benefits to the community.

“Markets provide great opportunities for new and existing businesses in our region, they help in telling a story and in creating active and vibrant public spaces,” added Robyn.

“They are often the starting place for new business ventures particularly for creative businesses and fresh producers.”

For more information about the new policy visit https://www.midcoast.nsw.gov.au/Council/Policies-Library/Markets-Policy

The application round to operate or coordinate markets in Gloucester, will be open between Monday 3 June and Friday 28 June.

The process includes an online form to be completed, as well as a set of three documents applicants need to produce to accompany the application.

Application forms and guidelines can be found on Councils website http://www.midcoast.nsw.gov.au/marketapplication