New Markets Policy

Published on 29 July 2022

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Kiama Council has a new Markets Policy that provides a consistent approach to approving and managing markets on public land.

Director Engineering and Works Mike Dowd said the Markets Policy was a significant improvement for market managers, stallholders and the wider community.

“Previously we had a complex process of market operators requiring a development application to operate as well as a licence and renewals every period. There was also a levy for each stall at individual markets,” Mr Dowd said.

“Market managers now will follow an expression of interest process for a market licence with a simplified fee structure in place to occupy public land,” Mr Dowd said.

The policy formalises the four areas of public land where markets can be held:

  • Coronation Park
  • Black Beach & School Flat
  • Gerringong Town Hall and Old School Park
  • Reid Park

Mr Dowd said the new policy also ensured the wider community benefitted from the markets being operated.

“Having well-managed markets provide our community locally-sourced fresh food and other products from our own farmers, growers and makers.”

“This in turn makes a contribution socially, culturally and economically.”

The policy was developed in consultation with market operators and the wider community, including an initial survey and exhibition of a draft policy.

The final policy was endorsed at the Council Meeting on 19 July.