Local markets shut down

THE FATE of a Maryborough market has been sealed after Woolworths stepped in to pick up a public liability insurance bill.

Markets have been running underneath the Woolworth's complex for a decade.

It was formerly known as the Angel Flight markets because that was the charity the event supported.

The markets, however, stopped running about six weeks ago because of a lack of public liability insurance.

Richard Eilbech has organised the markets for several years.

“We didn't have enough money to pay for the public liability insurance for all the stallholders but now Woolworths has covered the whole area and paid it for us,” he said.

“I would like to give a lot of thanks to Jill, who is the local Woolworths manager.

“Without her this wouldn't have happened.”

The charity the markets are in aid of has also changed.

Site fees will now be donated to the Fraser Coast Kidney Support group, which raises money to assist local kidney dialysis patients.

Some patients in the Fraser Coast who are diagnosed with kidney problems have to travel long distances for treatment.

The support group assists with travel expenses and also offers emotional and practical help.

“The markets will be held again this Sunday, and will be held every second Sunday of each month,”Mr Eilbech said.

The market starts about 6am and finshes at lunchtime.

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