Business as usual as Council takes over Burnie Farmers Market

Published on 19 February 2019

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The Burnie City Council has tonight formally purchased the Burnie Farmers Market and will now be operating the Market for the community.

Burnie City Council Acting Mayor Giovanna Simpson said “that the Market was a highly valued community asset, and Council recognised the need for it to continue with as little disruption as possible.”

The Burnie Agricultural and Pastoral Society (BAPS) offered the Market to Council for $1, as it believed it was more important that the Market continue operating, than to make a financial gain from the sale. In addition to purchasing the trading name Council has purchased some market furniture for $1 and the relocatable toilet block for $4998 that is necessary for the market and other activities on the site.

Both Council and BAPS believe the highest priority is for the Market to continue business as usual.

At the time of entering into the sale agreement with BAPS both parties were keen to ensure the sustainability the Society’s activities and were supportive of its vision for the new location on the Ridgley Highway.

Council was of the understanding that BAPS would be relocating to Ridgely Highway in a timely manner, and was not aware of discussions that had been held with specific tenants in terms of relocation. Council has attempted to support all tenants within the constraints of the Sale Agreement.

Council has been in discussions with the Burnie Poultry Society and has negotiated with BAPS; all parties were willing for the group to remain at its current location and store cages at that site during transition. This has been communicated to the Burnie Poultry Society.