Council approves market trial

KEEN shoppers will have a new fortnightly market to check out, after Bundaberg Regional Council approved a six-month trial along the Bargara foreshore.

The trial markets will stretch across the foreshore parkland, from Clarke Street toward Nielson Park, and be held every second Sunday from 7am to 1pm, and weekly during peak holiday times.

Applicant John Auchter said the markets would begin at the “earliest possible opportunity”.

“It’s not something we can put together in a few days,” he said.

Bargara resident Maureen Hall says it is a great idea.

“There have been markets at other places like Burnett Heads and Childers - it’ll be good for the area,” she said.

“Look at the people going to Shalom Markets.”

However, there are some environmental concerns about extra parking at Nielson Park.

“As far as I’m concerned, the markets might be a good idea, but Nielson Park parking could be a difficult issue,” Bargara resident Ann Garrett said.

“It’s a wetlands reserve. My objection is to over-rule all the work we’ve spent on that park.”

Council proposed a section of the grassed area along the western side of Fred Courtice Drive, opposite the basketball court, to be used for parking, as well as the off-street parking nearby.

Mrs Garrett suggested the one-way section of Bauer Street would be a better site.



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