Tuesday 21 March 2017
A new method of standardising the booking and land use system for the Shire’s well-known monthly markets will result in a secure future for the long-running local events.
Held at a number of locations across the Shire including Candelo, Merimbula and Littleton Gardens– these three markets have until now operated under a less formal agreement with Council as manager of the Crown Reserves where they are held.
General Manager, Leanne Barnes, said that Council has for a long time enjoyed a productive relationship with organisations such as the Candelo Market Committee and the Rotary Club of Merimbula, with monies raised by stallholder fees going towards community projects.
“For example, Sapphire Coast Producers (SCPA) have been doing wonderful things in Littleton Gardens and are well progressed under their new formalised agreement,” she said.
“We consider ourselves very fortunate to have such responsible land users, who over the years of running local markets, have improved the areas to a high standard.
“While this management method has worked well for many years, we are now required by the land owners, the NSW Government, to formalise agreements with land users.
“We are currently required to manage Crown Reserves using a tender process in which expressions of interest are sought from organisations wishing to use the land for events such as markets.
“This provides better security for organisations with a long-term plan of running ongoing events, which enables them to make plans for expansion if they wish.
“We understand that formalising traditional agreements can appear a little over the top to some long term tenants, and to address these concerns we will be progressively meeting with representatives of the three Crown Reserve market organisations to address the most effective process of moving forward.
“With secure agreements in place, the markets in the Shire will continue to be major drawcards for locals and visitors alike,” Ms Barnes said.
For more information on the management of Crown Reserves, go to: http://www.crownland.nsw.gov.au/crown_lands/crown_reserves