Put forward your idea for a market in Byron

PROPOSE a market idea for the chance to receive a five year license for a community market, farmers' market or artisan market around the Byron Shire.

Current market organisers as well as new ones are encouraged to apply.

Market organiser applicants will need to demonstrate their experience plus benefits of the markets to the local community.

Byron Shire Council director of corporate and community services, Mark Arnold, said the market licenses have been eagerly awaited and will provide surety for the successful applicant and stallholders.

"A five year license will allow stronger partnerships to be developed and build a base for small businesses to become established and grow," he said.

Mr Arnold said markets were a key economic driver for small business creation and applicants would need to show how local employment and businesses would be supported.

This could be achieved, for example, through sustainability agriculture, arts, crafts and tourism.

A significant part of the community market proposal is the requirement for a social benefit activity.

"Local markets for a long time have provided support for local disadvantaged groups and the new licenses will ensure that this commitment is continued," Mr Arnold said.

"Community market applicants will need to list a percentage of either their gross or net profits that will go towards a nominated registered charity or incorporated not-for-profit organisation that supports a disadvantaged group.

"This could be focused on youth, disabilities, older people or Aboriginal groups, to address homelessness, social isolation, or improve education and training opportunities, health and access opportunities," he said.

A proposal briefing session will be held on May 18 at 2pm at the Byron Shire Council Mullumbimby office in the Conference Room, for those interested in making application.

The Request for Proposal for five-year Market Licences information is available from Tenderlink.

Applicants have until 15 June to submit a proposal.

The five year market licenses are for:

  • Community Markets at Butler Street Reserve Byron Bay, Banner Park Brunswick Heads and Summers Park Mullumbimby,
  • Farmers Markets at Butler Street Reserve Byron Bay and New Brighton Oval New Brighton
  • Artisan Markets at Railway Park and Denning Park Byron Bay

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