Lions opt out of market deal

THE management of the Sunday Missingham markets in Ballina is up for grabs to not-for-profit organisations after the Ballina East Lions Club knocked back a tender because of concerns with the safety of the market site.

The Lions club was awarded the tender for management of the market for a period of three years at the March meeting of Ballina Shire Council following council's all for expressions of interest.

However, council staff reported to last week's council meeting that the Ballina East Lions Club had concerns with the overall condition of the market site to the south of Missingham Bridge.

Some of the concerns raised were potholes, poor drainage, lack of power and inadequate water supply.

In a letter to council, the then president of the Ballina East Lions Club, John Smith, wrote that the club decided not to take up the offer because of 'concerns to the safety and condition of the market site'.

Council agreed to start the expressions of interest process again.

Meanwhile, council last week agreed to allow the Northern Region Surf Life Saving Helicopter Rescue Service Pty Ltd the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter to earn all the proceeds from the management of the Lennox Head markets for the next three years. The market is held on the second and fifth Sundays of the month.

The council had in March awarded the tender to the not-for-profit helicopter rescue service on the basis that a $400 donation be given to the Lennox Head Residents' Association from the takings of the fifth Sunday market.

But council staff reported that the helicopter service raised issues with regard to the $400 donation and an agreement could not be reached. Staff recommended the expression of interest process start again. Council voted against that and awarded the tender minus the donation to the helicopter service.


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