June Bellenger at one of the 2009 Torquay Twilight Markets with her hand-made handbags.
June Bellenger at one of the 2009 Torquay Twilight Markets with her hand-made handbags.

Expanding Torquay Twilight Markets

BIGGER and better is the promise Torquay Twilight Markets organisers have made ahead of tomorrow night’s event.

Larry Burch has hit back at complaints the markets are too small by saying people need to understand they’re a work in progress.

“Business people in Hervey Bay need to stop resting on their laurels and start getting out and promoting the region.

“What we’re trying to do is have stalls complementing local businesses and not competing with stores.

“What I envisage is having a decent market running from Aquavue into the adjacent park; somewhere artists can showcase their work.”

Mr Burch says organisers are starting to receive support from local businesses and the Fraser Coast Regional Council has also been receptive to ideas.

He says the first Torquay markets of the year will have more stalls than each of those before as well as a jumping castle, sand castle building competition and lolly treasure hunt.

The markets will again be held outside Aquavue Cafe on the Esplanade and will run from 4pm to 9pm.

“Ultimately I’d like to see something like 60-plus stalls spread through Torquay but we need people willing to help, give their support and donate time,” Mr Burch said.

“It’s all about growing the Fraser Coast as a destination. There’s no point bringing people here and having nothing for them to do.”



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