Markets return after seven months
THE MARYBOROUGH markets have returned to Adelaide and Ellena streets in the city's CBD.
After more than seven months of debate between businesses and the Fraser Coast Regional Council, and between the councillors themselves, the weekly markets have returned to the main streets of the Heritage City.
When the council started its $3.2m CBD revitalisation project in April, the markets were moved to a parking lot on Kent St to make way for the upgrade.
Brendan and Jill Hussey from Charm City Flowers have held a stall in the markets for more than 13 years and said they noticed a drop in customers once the markets were moved from the CBD streets.
"We weren't worried when they moved us," Brendan said.
"But we are glad that they're back here because we've seen more customers already today.
"Some have said to us today 'where did you go?' So coming back here has made a difference because I think people are used to it here."
Maryborough couple Russell and Mary Darcy have been going to the markets for more than 20 years and said they were glad the markets moved back to the newly- refurbished Adelaide and Ellena streets.
"I understand why the council had to move them for the upgrade, what else could they do with them?" Russell said.
"I did feel sorry for the businesses but it's nice that it's back and I've seen a lot of stalls that have sold out today which is a very good sign."