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Maclean markets’ future uncertain

Geoff Helisma The future of the Maclean Community Markets, held on the second Saturday of each month in Cameron Park, is unclear, following last week’s Clarence Valley Council (CVC) meeting.  Councillors adopted the officer’s recommendation without debate. Staff advised that none of the expressions of interest to run the markets complied with CVC’s market policy and that the current operators of the markets had not, “despite requests”, provided compliant information regarding insurance and plans to manage waste, car parking and noise. The council will “terminate the Maclean Community Markets Incorporated licence within fourteen (14) business days,” the report to council stated, “unless the operator is able to demonstrate … complete compliance with the tender requirements”. Speaking on behalf of the markets, Daniel Gray said market representatives intend to “talk to council and see if they can work things out”. “Hopefully we’ll get things sorted within the 14 days,” he said. Councillors resolved that “should the operator’s licence be terminated… council enter into negotiations with a relevant community group or local market operator to manage and operate the [markets], as they are considered to be an important community event for the Maclean community.”