Crackdown on stallholder
A BANGALOW small-business owner claims Byron Bay market management have demanded she remove 60% of her products from sale as they are not locally made or produced.
But the market managers say such action is necessary to maintain the integrity of the popular events.
Kylie Mowbray-Allen, Nic-Nac Nappywrap owner, is the sole income earner for her daughter, 9 and quadriplegic husband, Richard.
But she fears it will no longer be worth having a stall at the markets now she has been banned from selling many of her most popular items which she introduced after market takings began to fall in 2011.
"I only do two markets a month and I really count on the money," Ms Mowbray-Allen said.
"I really cannot work out why they've decided to single me out."
Ms Mowbray-Allen accepts that she neglected to have her new products approved by market management as required, but she says she's not the only one, and there were other stalls selling products made outside the region at the Beachside markets despite them being advertised as strictly for stallholders who make their own goods.
Market manager Tess Cullen said they had acted after receiving several complaints about Ms Mowbray-Allen's stall at the beachside markets on January 2.
Ms Cullen said they were consistent in the implementation of their rules, but sometimes a stallholder selling non-compliant products was able to go undetected for a while because as a community organisation they mostly operated on an honour system with irregular audits.
While the Sunday markets weren't as strict on locally produced products, Ms Cullen said Ms Mowbray-Allen's Sunday market stallholder contract stipulated that her goods must be 100% locally produced and she had to consult with them to deviate from it.
She said having to crack down on stallholders selling products outside the markets' criteria was unfortunately a regular occurrence.