Wollongong City Council will hold it’s own produce and creative market tomorrow in Wollongong’s Crown Street Mall.
Coledale’s Jenny Briscoe-Hough and Lara Seresin started the markets 14 years ago. Earlier this year, Council put them out to tender and have recently awarded the contract to Kirrily Sinclair, the businesswoman behind the Bulli Foragers Market.
After more than a decade of building and nurturing the business, the new contract comes into effect on October 7.
The Coledale team has decided not to run a market this Friday, September 30, forcing the Council to step in.
The decision to hand over the market has caused local outrage.
Already around 1500 people have signed a petition on Change.org calling for Council to return the market to its Northern Illawarra founders.
The petition and letter will be sent to Mayor Gordon Bradbery, stating there is ‘deep concern over the effect the Council’s decision will have on stall holders and the wider community,’ and expressing fears of a market monopoly in our region.
It says Jenny and Lara have built and nurtured the market over 14 years, revitalising the Crown Street Mall, and now the Council has sold it to the highest bidder.
Photo thanks to Wollongong Markets