Concerns over market move
PLANS to move Lismore's organic farmers' market from the showgrounds into the CBD for a three-month trial was met with some concern at last night's chamber of commerce meeting.
Fundamental Foods owner Greg Shanley said the Tuesday morning market would directly compete with his trade, while the show society's John Gibson said the move would cost his organisation $25,000 in lost revenue.
But Pepper Tree Kitchen owner Helen Nott said a market would revitalise the city centre.
“We need to do something for the CBD,” she said.
At its August meeting Lismore City Council unanimously agreed to the market trial. City centre manager Stephen Nelson insisted the trial would certainly breathe new life into a somewhat dormant city centre.
While the organic market will initially trial on Tuesday mornings, that time slot could change to weekends, something which would garner more support from CBD businesses.
“The idea for more markets within the CBD was an idea that literally came from the city's citizens through an extensive survey asking how to revitalise the city centre,” Mr Nelson said.
“All over Australia there are farmers markets in regional centres.
“Bangalow markets were initially opposed by the local chamber and yet today they are widely supported,” Mr Nelson said.
Organic farmer Rod Bruin, of Tyalgum, has travelled for 10 years to the Lismore markets, held each Tuesday at the showgrounds and says a move to the city centre would help growers and buyers.
“We want to spread the message that organics are good for your health as well as our environment,” he said.
“But at the Lismore showgrounds no one knows we are even here.”