26 January 2011

A land fit for farmers' markets - Southside saved

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Chief Minister Stanhope has announced that the Southside Farmers’ Markets will be moving back to the Woden CIT:

“The ACT Government has been working hard to secure the future of these popular markets and I’m pleased our efforts have reaped this result,” Mr Stanhope said.

The markets had been using the basketball stadium at the Canberra Southern Cross Club after relocating from the CIT late last year.

However the markets had to find a new home after the owner raised concerns about the lease conditions and insurance for the site.

Mr Stanhope said the Government was pleased to step in and help the stallholders.

“From Sunday, Canberrans can visit the Southside Farmers Markets at its new home at the Woden CIT,” Mr Stanhope said. “The CIT site has indoor and outdoor facilities, which is ideal for the 50 stallholders.

“The markets will use this site on a temporary basis until the end of June while the Government helps the operator to find a permanent home.

The Markets in turn have expressed their thanks:

We would like to especially thank Chief Minister Stanhope and his staff, who have helped us considerably over the past two weeks to secure our short-term accommodation. We are looking forward to working with them to find a permanent venue.

We are grateful to the CIT for offering us the use of the Southside Campus facilities in the short-term.

Thank you to all our valued customers and friends for the incredible support you have given us over the past 2 weeks, and we look forward to seeing you on Sunday.

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