Lennox Market plastic bag free

THIS Sunday's Lennox Head Community Market will be the first that is plastic bag free - and the first time the market will be held in the main street of Lennox Head, which may become permanent.

Market manager Joni Teal said she believed the market would be the first on the North Coast that was 100 per cent free of plastic bags.

Stallholders have been encouraged to supply alternatives to plastic bags, with boxes or paper bags the most logical.

Reusable cotton bags will be sold, all unique to the Lennox Head Community Market, for $2.50.

The decision to make the market plastic bag-free is part of the campaign driven by the Lennox Head Chamber of Commerce to make the village plastic bag free.

Meanwhile, while it has been some weeks since the last heavy rainfalls, flooding at Lake Ainsworth continues to present problems for the market.

While the water is now clear of the road, the site is still too wet to use for the market.

The market on August 9 was moved to the road at the southern end of Lake Ainsworth.

The southern location was only previously available because bookings at Camp Drewe and the Sport and Recreation Centre were low.

However, bookings are high this weekend, which has forced the market's relocation to the main street of Lennox Head this Sunday between 5am and 2pm.

Ballina Shire Council's manager of open spaces and reserves, Jillian Pratten, said the recent floods have raised issues about the long-term location of the market.

She said flooding on the eastern road adjacent to Lake Ainsworth will continue to be a problem into the future, adding that large numbers of people use the area around Lake Ainsworth when market days coincide with school holidays.

She said council would assess the success of the event in Ballina Street and consider permanently relocating the markets to this site.

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