Another business to close as push to get markets back builds

MARYBOROUGH MARKETS: Darryl Gleich (left) and Gordon Dale at the markets talking to patrons and stallholders about its future.
MARYBOROUGH MARKETS: Darryl Gleich (left) and Gordon Dale at the markets talking to patrons and stallholders about its future. Alistair Brightman

A SECOND Maryborough business has announced it will close, blaming the re-positioning of the CBD's markets, as loud calls from the community to return the markets to Adelaide St have been given support by two councillors.

With revitalisation work under way in the Maryborough CBD, the markets have been split between the McDowell car park on Lennox St and the Town Hall green.

While Thursday used to be the best trading day for the Adelaide St store Coconuts, owner Jenny Hyland said only one customer came in yesterday morning.

She said no money was made off her business, and the lack of shoppers from the markets had "devastated" the turnover.

"The removal of our markets, which was one of our better days and attracts so many to our Adelaide St, completed the annihilation," she said.

Earlier this week Ms Hyland's neighbour Claudia Davidson announced she would close Cores Lucky Black Cat newsagency due to the CBD works.

Out of the 15 stall holders in the McDowell car park and on the Town Hall green yesterday, only one told the Chronicle the new layout was working.

The councillor responsible for the CBD, Daniel Sanderson, has revealed he was in favour of returning the markets to Adelaide St "soon".

"I'm very aware of the community's information," he said.

"I think it would be good if they did come back to Adelaide St - hopefully we have a decision soon."

Council election candidate Gordon Dale also took to the markets yesterday wearing a placard to support the cause - gathering feedback from shoppers and stallholders as he went.

But Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell has refused to answer questions or guarantee the future of the markets.

He said there was "nothing more to add" and he would wait for the review of the markets to be completed.

Rural councillor James Hansen spent the morning meeting stall owners and shoppers.

He has called on his colleagues to end the uncertainty and make a decision on the future of the markets.

"People are suffering - a lot of business people are suffering since they came to this part of the town," he said.

"Today or tomorrow we could make a decision, honestly."

Murray River resident Bill Jenkins made a point to stop in to the Maryborough Markets every year as he heads north.

But the retiree wasn't impressed with the lack of atmosphere and shade in the car park.

"There is no character, this is so boring and no different to anywhere else," he said.

A petition to bring the markets back to Adelaide St started by Carri-Anne Sengstock has gained 1000 signatures. It can be signed at Heritage City News.

"An elderly lady travelled from Tiaro to sign the petition because she believed it was important to keep the markets in the CBD," Ms Sengstock said.

Topics:  heritage markets maryborough cbd petitions protest

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