Political parties must have “equitable and non-discriminatory access to stalls” at markets in the MidCoast Council area.
MidCoast Council is seeking to ensure market operators “allow political representation and advocacy at markets” and has included a provision in its draft market policy. If adopted, the criteria would assist political parties as candidates prepare to contest the March 2019 State election for the seat of Myall Lakes. The draft policy states:
- Market operators are to allow political representation and advocacy at markets ensuring equitable and non-discriminatory access to stalls. Representation and advocacy activities are to be restricted to the confines and immediate vicinity of the allocated stall site.
It is one of 23 operating criteria in the draft market policy. It is the first integrated market policy for MidCoast Council and council recently extended the community consultation period from January 2 to January 14. Great Lakes Council previously had a Growers Market Operation Policy and a Community Markets Policy.
The draft policy also proposes that “only one licence for a regular market be granted in a town or village, with the term of the licence to be three years.” There is no fee payable for the licence. Council also proposes “the net profit from market operations is to be directed to the benefit of local community-based group/s or community event/s.”
The policy will apply to all regular markets on council owned land, or council controlled public land – including farmer’s markets.
To read the draft policy and provide feedback by January 14 visit council’s website, midcoast.nsw.gov.au/Have-Your-Say
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