Fingers are crossed at the Fraser Coast Sustainable Development Association that the council agrees to twilight markets for Torquay.
Fingers are crossed at the Fraser Coast Sustainable Development Association that the council agrees to twilight markets for Torquay.

Twilight markets at Torquay

A DECISION on the Torquay Twilight Markets is imminent, says a hopeful Gay Ignatenko.

Ms Ignatenko is the president of the Fraser Coast Sustainable Development Association, which is pushing for the night-time markets to be held outside Aquavue Cafe.

She explained the association jumped on the chance to set up markets for Hervey Bay after the Fraser Coast Regional Council put a call out for submissions.

At the time Scarness Park, Queens Park and Pier Park were thrown into the ring for possible venues. However the association thought the markets should be spread across the region on a weekly rotation and include Torquay.

“The council wants the market to have up to about 50 stalls, but Gatakers Bay has about 20, and we aim for about 20 to keep in the vicinity of Aquavue,” explained Ms Ignatenko.

“We’re awaiting a response any day.”

Ms Ignatenko said the organisers of the Gatakers Bay markets had been extremely helpful by passing on their advice and contacts.

She said if the Torquay Twilight Markets went ahead the products sold at the stalls would not detract business from local shops.

There would be handmade products including arts and craft, massage services, plenty of food and buskers for entertainment.

“We hope it will give them business and people will go and have dinner,” she said of the nearby cafes and restaurants.

“We want to help everyone in the area. There are so many people who are talented that don’t have a venue to show that talent.”

Hervey Bay Sunrise Rotary Club member Kevin Alexander is also planning a fundraising Christmas ham wheel for the markets and is keen for volunteers.

The association hopes to hold the first market on Friday, December 4.

Anybody interested in helping the markets get off the ground, holding a stall or joining the association can contact Ms Ignatenko by emailing info@frasercoast2020.org.



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