Draft Port Macquarie-Hastings Markets Policy

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Local markets are an important part of our community, driving valuable activation for our town centres, creating experiences and a sense of place, and providing access to fresh and local produce, handmade wares, and new services. Markets are also important for regional economic development, offering an opportunity for small and micro businesses to test new business ideas, develop an understanding of the retail landscape, and prove a commercial concept prior to committing higher levels of capital to an idea. Markets also have a strong positive impact on the environment they operate in, with strong evidence to suggest they attract increased spend to neighbouring businesses and commercial precincts.

With the increased number of markets being established in the Port Macquarie-Hastings region, Council adopted the Port Macquarie-Hastings Markets Policy in late 2018. This policy sought to develop a framework around approval of new markets, with the final policy adopted by Council also seeking to manage the timing, location and number of markets. The policy has since been reviewed in December 2019, and in December 2020.

Following the December 2020 review of the Markets Policy, Council resolved that Council:

  1. Note the review of the Port Macquarie-Hastings Markets Policy, which has now been in place for two years.
  2. Note the information relating to the exception to the Markets Policy adopted by Council from December 2019 as detailed in [the] report.
  3. Place the draft amended Markets Policy on public exhibition from 14 December 2020 to 29 January 2021, removing the operating hour restrictions for CBD markets, but with no new increase in number of permissible days for CBD markets.
  4. Confirm that any application that constitutes an exception to the Markets Policy be brought to Council for consideration.
  5. Note that a further report will be tabled at the February 2021 Ordinary Council meeting of Council, detailing submissions received from the public during the exhibition period.

Have Your Say

The Draft Port Macquarie-Hastings Markets Policy is on exhibition from 14 December 2020 to 29 January 2021, and is available to download in the document library to the right (or below if viewing this page on a mobile device).

Please share your thoughts with us on the draft Policy:

  • Provide us your feedback via the submission tab below; or
  • Send an email to council@pmhc.nsw.gov.au; or
  • Post your response to General Manager, Port Macquarie-Hastings Council. PO Box 84, Port Macquarie NSW 2444.

Your feedback should be received no later than Friday 29 January 2021.

Any further enquiries, please contact Council’s Senior Economic Development Officer, David Archer on telephone (02) 6581 8111 or email to council@pmhc.nsw.gov.au.

Local markets are an important part of our community, driving valuable activation for our town centres, creating experiences and a sense of place, and providing access to fresh and local produce, handmade wares, and new services. Markets are also important for regional economic development, offering an opportunity for small and micro businesses to test new business ideas, develop an understanding of the retail landscape, and prove a commercial concept prior to committing higher levels of capital to an idea. Markets also have a strong positive impact on the environment they operate in, with strong evidence to suggest they attract increased spend to neighbouring businesses and commercial precincts.

With the increased number of markets being established in the Port Macquarie-Hastings region, Council adopted the Port Macquarie-Hastings Markets Policy in late 2018. This policy sought to develop a framework around approval of new markets, with the final policy adopted by Council also seeking to manage the timing, location and number of markets. The policy has since been reviewed in December 2019, and in December 2020.

Following the December 2020 review of the Markets Policy, Council resolved that Council:

  1. Note the review of the Port Macquarie-Hastings Markets Policy, which has now been in place for two years.
  2. Note the information relating to the exception to the Markets Policy adopted by Council from December 2019 as detailed in [the] report.
  3. Place the draft amended Markets Policy on public exhibition from 14 December 2020 to 29 January 2021, removing the operating hour restrictions for CBD markets, but with no new increase in number of permissible days for CBD markets.
  4. Confirm that any application that constitutes an exception to the Markets Policy be brought to Council for consideration.
  5. Note that a further report will be tabled at the February 2021 Ordinary Council meeting of Council, detailing submissions received from the public during the exhibition period.

Have Your Say

The Draft Port Macquarie-Hastings Markets Policy is on exhibition from 14 December 2020 to 29 January 2021, and is available to download in the document library to the right (or below if viewing this page on a mobile device).

Please share your thoughts with us on the draft Policy:

  • Provide us your feedback via the submission tab below; or
  • Send an email to council@pmhc.nsw.gov.au; or
  • Post your response to General Manager, Port Macquarie-Hastings Council. PO Box 84, Port Macquarie NSW 2444.

Your feedback should be received no later than Friday 29 January 2021.

Any further enquiries, please contact Council’s Senior Economic Development Officer, David Archer on telephone (02) 6581 8111 or email to council@pmhc.nsw.gov.au.