Alstonville farmers market set to continue

THE farmers market at Alstonville has proved so successful that Ballina Shire Council is expected to renew its approval for another three years.

The market, which is held every Saturday morning in the Bugden Lane carpark, has been running on a trial basis for 12 months.

Councillors will today vote on a recommendation from staff to endorse the ongoing operation of the farmers' market, with Steve Cooke to be appointed as the manager for three years.

He has told the council that the market, as well as selling fresh produce to locals, provides a free space to charities, supports local musicians and "builds community cohesion".

Meanwhile, the market run by the Alstonville Agricultural Society at the showground has been put on hold until March next year.

Rebecca Lock from the society said attendance and the number of stallholders had been decreasing in recent times.

But she said the plan was to "regroup and open bigger and better in March next year".

"We will be getting new managers in - we're passionate about this market," she said.

One of the ideas for the revamped market is to hold theme days, like kite days, in which market-goers will be encouraged to fly a kite at the Alstonville showground.

The market has been held on the second Sunday of each month for the past 13 years, offering local charities the opportunity to collect donations.

Ideas for theme days should be sent to avilleshow1@bigpond.com.


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