The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - FRONT PAGE - DAMIAN BESTER

IN­COM­ING Der­went Val­ley Coun­cil deputy mayor Jes­sica Cos­grove has been ap­pointed per­ma­nent op­er­a­tor of the New Nor­folk High Street Mar­ket.

The fi­nal meet­ing of the out­go­ing coun­cil voted unan­i­mously to grant a li­cence to Ms Cos­grove, who has been the mar­ket’s tem­po­rary or­gan­iser for some months.

In a re­port to the Oc­to­ber coun­cil meet­ing, re­gional de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer Jess Dal­las rec­om­mended the ac­cep­tance of Ms Cos­grove’s ex­pres­sion of in­ter­est to op­er­ate the mar­ket.

She also sug­gested that the gen­eral man­ager be au­tho­rised to pro­vide ini­tial sup­port to the new op­er­a­tor.

Coun­cil­lors ini­tially seemed re­luc­tant to en­dorse the mo­tion, with mayor Mar­tyn Evans hav­ing to call twice for some­one to move that Ms Dal­las’s rec­om­men­da­tions be ac­cepted. Deputy mayor Ben Shaw ul­ti­mately moved the mo­tion, sec­onded by Cr Julie Trif­fett.

Cr Shaw, Cr Anne Salt and Cr James Gra­ham then spoke to the mo­tion and it was car­ried with­out dis­sent.

The New Nor­folk High Street Mar­ket grew from an ear­lier mar­ket held on Satur­days at Wil­low Court.

A coun­cil meet­ing in Septem­ber 2017 ap­proved a six­month trial of the mar­ket in the town cen­tre, ini­tially or­gan­ised by John Blegg.

“Con­sul­ta­tion con­ducted with the com­mu­nity fol­low­ing the trial re­vealed an over­whelm­ingly pos­i­tive re­sponse for the re­ten­tion of the mar­ket on a per­ma­nent ba­sis,” Ms Dal­las said in her re­port.

This ex­pres­sion of sup­port led to the coun­cil ex­tend­ing the ap­proval for the tem­po­rary mar­ket while seek­ing ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est from po­ten­tial per­ma­nent op­er­a­tors.

Ms Dal­las said only one ex­pres­sion of in­ter­est had been re­ceived and it had been as­sessed by a panel in­clud­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Brighton Coun­cil and Ho­bart City Coun­cil. The as­sess­ment gave the pro­posal a score of 27 out of 45, or 60 per cent.

“The eval­u­a­tion as­sess­ment team made a number of ob­ser­va­tions in re­gard to the EOI sub­mit­ted, over­all con­clud­ing that the EOI should be ac­cepted, sub­ject to the ap­pli­cant be­ing pro­vided with some guid­ance from the coun­cil in re­la­tion to a number of ar­eas of con­cern high­lighted in the re­port,” Ms Dal­las said.

“These in­cluded the pro­po­nent un­der­tak­ing traf­fic man­age­ment train­ing, that the coun­cil sug­gest that the pro­po­nent cre­ate a com­mit­tee or group of vol­un­teers to as­sist with the op­er­a­tions of the mar­ket and that the op­er­a­tor of the mar­ket be pro­vided with some guid­ance in re­gard to com­plet­ing the re­quire­ments of the event man­age­ment guide and li­cence.”

Ms Dal­las said the li­cence doc­u­ment clearly stated that the mar­ket op­er­a­tor would be re­quired to com­ply with all statu­tory and reg­u­la­tory re­quire­ments, in­clud­ing: TRAF­FIC man­age­ment; PUB­LIC health, food han­dling and stor­age; PUB­LIC li­a­bil­ity in­sur­ance, and; ALL OTHER re­quire­ments con­tained in the Coun­cil’s Events Man­age­ment Guide.

“There is an al­lo­ca­tion in the cur­rent bud­get which may be able to be utilised to as­sist in pro­vid­ing the ini­tial sup­port rec­om­mended to the suc­cess­ful mar­ket op­er­a­tor,” Ms Dal­las said.

Cr Shaw said the mo­tion was fan­tas­tic.

“I think the mar­ket’s been ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic for the re­vival of the Der­went Val­ley precinct,” he said.

Since the coun­cil meet­ing, Ms Cos­grove has an­nounced Banjo’s New Nor­folk as the nam­ing-rights spon­sor of the High St mar­ket.

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