Woodburn gets ready for the bypass by turning on a market

AFTER eight months of negotiations with Roads and Maritime Services, Woodburn is set to begin a regular weekend market.

On Saturday week Riverside Park in Woodburn will be alive with stallholders who plan to put Woodburn on the map once the bypass diverts traffic away from the town.

Already 40 stallholders are confirmed for the "open market" which will offer a range of arts and crafts, fruit and vegetables and local honey.

The inaugural market will also see rock'n'roll singers and dancers providing entertainment on the day.

The market won't have coffee or food as the Woodburn Chamber of Commerce hopes the market will attract people and encourage them to eat and drink in the local cafes and hotel.

However, there will be some cakes to buy.

Chamber treasurer Pam Bellingham said the market would encourage tourists and locals to see Woodburn as a place to visit.

"The market is for the community so that we can keep the business holders here," Mrs Bellingham said.

The market will be on the second Saturday of each month at Riverside Park in Woodburn, 8am-3pm.

A Pacific Hwy project team spokeswoman said the Woodburn-Ballina upgrade work to bypass Woodburn could begin early next year if the State Government approves funding.



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