WHAT THEY SAID
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.