Council provides consistency for market operators
  • Wednesday 25 August 2010

Sunshine Coast Council today (Wednesday 25 August) approved the adoption of a new Markets Policy focused on providing a transparent approach to the issuing of development approvals and operational tenures to market operators.

The new policy will not only allow the existing 37 markets in the region to remain viable, but allow for a more diverse range of market types, sizes and frequencies.

Previously, markets have operated under three different planning schemes, according to where they were located prior to the amalgamation of the council. The new Markets Policy and the preparation of the Temporary Local Planning Instruments will give markets certainty to operate while council transitions to one single planning scheme for the region, scheduled in late 2012.

Economic Development and Council Entrepreneurship Portfolio holder, Councillor Lew Brennan, said the decision will enable streamlined, consistent development approvals for market operators across the Sunshine Coast and help local farmers, artisans and start-up business operators to flourish.

“Markets make a significant contribution to the Sunshine Coast’s economy, tourism appeal and social activity,’’ Cr Brennan said.

“Council is focused on protecting and enhancing the region’s markets. Today’s decision provides a framework for the management of the quantity, quality and categories of all markets operating here, whether on council-owned or controlled land or on private land.

“Through this policy, council supports the public’s right to access healthy local food and locally-produced goods and services in an environment that promotes social connectivity.

“It also promotes and supports markets as an income source for local farmers, artisans and start-up businesses, bringing investment and employment to the Sunshine Coast.”

The new policy will be rolled out in a staged process to allow existing markets to continue operations up until the new single planning scheme is introduced.

Further information can be found on the council’s website.