Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

Kristel Tay­lor, mar­ket stall holder and Please Don’t Move The Mar­kets Com­mit­tee mem­ber Ms Tay­lor said they would sub­mit an al­ter­nate plan to coun­cil which would re­tain their po­si­tion on the fore­shore. The sug­gested plan would turn the con­crete area ad­ja­cent the mar­kets into grass, while the gravel area would be­come a car park. An im­pact state­ment, signed by 118 stall hold­ers, has been pre­sented to the coun­cil. With the mar­kets re­quired to move while de­vel­op­ment works are un­der­way, at least tem­po­rar­ily, Ms Tay­lor sug­gested re­turn­ing to Fairy Tree Park or host­ing a street mar­ket on the es­planade. Stall hold­ers will this morn­ing present a pe­ti­tion to the coun­cil op­pos­ing the move.

Al­lan Grav­elle, Whit­sun­day Lions Club mem­ber and project steer­ing com­mit­tee mem­ber Mr Grav­elle said a sur­vey con­ducted by the Whit­sun­day Lions showed over­whelm­ing sup­port for re­tain­ing the cur­rent mar­ket lo­ca­tion, with a tiny frac­tion of re­spon­dents in favour of a move. He said the mar­kets were the sec­ond most fre­quently vis­ited at­trac­tion in Air­lie Beach, com­ing in close be­hind the la­goon. Mr Grav­elle said it was there­fore a bad idea to move the mar­kets. Suzette Pelt, Save Our Fore­shore pres­i­dent Ms Pelt said the group fully sup­ported the wishes of stall hold­ers and would back them in their bid to re­tain their po­si­tion. Ms Pelt sug­gested us­ing the gravel area as over­flow and event park­ing if it were to be turned into park land.

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