Community wins on Markets location
THE Maryborough Heritage Markets will move back to the CBD in December, after months of speculation about their future - but for some businesses it's too late.
At the Fraser Coast Regional Council's ordinary meeting yesterday, it was voted 6:3 to return the markets to Adelaide and Ellena Sts, and include space for stallholders around City Hall.
"I've spoken to business owners around the CBD and the message I've been getting is 'are you listening?'" said Cr Phil Truscott in the meeting, when a petition bearing more than 1860 signatures in favour of the market's return to the CBD was presented.
After an hour-long discussion, the majority vote secured the future location of the heritage markets along Adelaide and Ellena Sts.
Heritage News Agency manager Carri-Ann Sengstock from Ellena St said this was a true victory for businesses in the city.
"This will make a massive difference to the town," Ms Sengstock said.
"It will really bring back some confidence."
While this announcement has been widely celebrated by the CBD business owners who pushed for the market's return, owner and manager of Coconuts on Adelaide St, Jenny Hyland said her business was still doomed to close.
"We'll stay open until the end of the year because that's when our lease ends," Ms Hyland said.
"I'm happy they're coming back but it won't make a difference for us."
Cores Black Cat news agency also closed last month, with the owner blaming a downturn due to the markets being moved.
The council will do a review of the Heritage Market's layout and presentation.
The Maryborough Story Trail may be included in the new layout.