Torquay twilight markets on hold

THE TORQUAY Twilight Markets have been put on hold.

An expanded version of the new markets were scheduled to be held tonight but there have been delays in gaining approvals from the Fraser Coast Regional Council.

The Fraser Coast Sustainable Development Association had initial approval to trial the markets in January, to test popularity, and needed to apply for further approval to run the markets for the next 12 months.

But FCRC organisational services director Lisa Desmond said the council did not get a letter asking for the approval until last Friday.

“The association agreed as part of the trial they would give (the) council a report on business and community feedback, attendance figures, the type of stalls involved and rotating the markets across other sites.

“That information when received will form the report to the council.

“Because they have also asked to expand the market we have asked for a site layout and we need to have a site inspection to ensure the area is appropriate.

“From what we have heard the markets were popular.”

The markets, on the foreshore near Aquavue Cafe, have proved popular with about 20 stallholders selling hand-made arts, crafts and food.

Market organiser Gay Ignatenko could not be contacted yesterday.



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