Ballina’s Twilight Market could be a thing of the past
THE future of the Ballina Twilight Market at Fawcett Park will be determined at tomorrow’s Ballina Shire Council meeting.
The recommendation is for the council not to commit further resources to the operation of the Thursday night markets, unless approached by an operator with a clearly defined proposal and business plan suitable to council.
The report says the current market manager, Steve Cooke, had indicated he would not be running the event next season, citing the weather as a cause of extreme difficulties.
“Stall numbers fluctuated over this time between four and 27 and were largely influenced by the weather predicted for Thursday afternoons,” the report says.
“Similarly, patronage at the market fluctuated with the weather, with very few people attending the market if it had rained on market day.”
The development approval in place for the market was for a five-year period which expires in December this year.
Any future market proposal for the park site would be processed under a council-determined management regime.
The approval in place for the farmers’ market in the Bugden Lane car park in Alstonville is not time limited, and could be activated if and when the council was approached by a market manager interested in operating it.
The last Alstonville Farmers’ Market was held in March after about two-and-a-half years of operating every Saturday morning.
Contributing factors to its closure included a reduction in stallholder attendance and a limited number of farmers operating nearby.
Mr Cooke, who managed both the Alstonville and the twilight markets, said due to the loss of some stalls to other, more profitable markets in the region, the small size of the Alstonville market made it less viable for the remaining stallholders.