Council look to douse farmers
THE ISSUE of combustible lettuces at farmers’ markets could be solved by the end of this week.
Byron Shire Council and NSW Department of Planning will discuss fire protection regulations for stallholders.
The Northern Star highlighted the council’s demand for stallholders to buy a fire extinguisher and fire safety blanket even if they only sold lettuce or other wet produce.
Nashua farmer Vicki Rix, who sells vegies, eggs and coffee at Byron Farmers’ Market, thought the whole thing was a big mistake.
“I haven’t bought a fire extinguisher and I ignored the letter from council because it was so ridiculous,” she said.
Byron Shire Council’s executive manager of planning Ray Darney said ideally the best outcome would be for market stalls with cooking appliances to require an annually serviced fire extinguisher and fire blanket, and all others to be exempt.