THE BAW Baw Shire Council will issue an events permit for a monthly farmers’ market in Warragul after years of rejected proposals.
Pictured: the location of the market.
The market will be held at the roundabout end of Civic Place in Civic Park as soon as October this year.
A market at the site was previously rejected by the council because the site was not connected to power, but recent upgrades have seen the area connected.
Stalls will be situated along the side of the road and paths and vendor vans will be parked in the car park outside the council offices.
Civic Place will be closed to traffic between the West Gippsland Arts Centre car park exit and the rear council and arts centre car park when the market is on, allowing visitors to use those car parks.
The most recent failed proposal placed the market in the arts centre car park.
Speaking on a motion acknowledging the planned approval at last week’s council meeting, North ward councillor Deborah Brown said the market would work well with the Baw Baw Arts Alliance market which is also held in Civic Park.
“The last time it came to council it was just the location that was causing issues, and since then I’m absolutely rapt with [where] they are,” Cr Brown said.
“Working with the arts alliance market is fantastic.”
Warragul ward councillor Joe Gauci acknowledged the economic benefits of the market, saying farmers’ markets were “very popular across the state.”
A report by council staff said the market would give local producers another way to sell their produce and will attract new people to the town.
North ward councillor David Balfour said farmers’ markets were “special”.
“All the products you [sell] have to be grown in the area,” Cr Balfour said.
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