BRING IT ON: MiCakes owner Tim Drury is a staunch supporter of markets in Mary St on a Saturday and welcomes the expected increase in customer traffic.
BRING IT ON: MiCakes owner Tim Drury is a staunch supporter of markets in Mary St on a Saturday and welcomes the expected increase in customer traffic. Renee Pilcher

Markets for Mary St

A FARMERS market in Mary St has been talked about for decades and from this September it will become a reality.

While some retailers remain concerned about possible parking issues created by a Saturday market, the group behind the project has a garnered a great deal of support for closing off the main street between Monkland and Smithfield Sts for the purpose of a farmers and craft market.

Gympie Rotary Club has been planning these markets for the past year and after a great deal of "nutting out" and many discussions with Mary St retailers, the markets are ready to go ahead.

All that is required now are stall holders and patrons, but build it and they will come, it has been said.

Gympie Rotary Club will present a unique type of market to compliment retailers. The project will combine retail stores and market stalls by getting them working together on a Saturday morning to draw in the crowds to Mary St.

Club chairman Kerren Smith confirmed that the street would be closed on a Saturday morning between Monkland and Smithfield Sts.

They were looking at a long-term goal of closing the whole street as the market grew.

"What we're looking at doing is to create a browsing atmosphere with the markets," Mr Smith said. "The markets will provide a retail outlet for our local growers, micro businesses and craftspeople."

To operate a stall at the markets, traders will need to be accredited by the market committee.

The criteria theme is traders must make it, bake it, grow it or sew it, to be approved.

"What we want to do is attract people from Gympie and outside areas to present their produce at these markets," Mr Smith added.

The markets have a strong committee behind it, with Brian Sansom and Kathy Kane contributing their extensive experience from their time in the Muster and Jill and Bruce Crampton with their successful Prayer Breakfast event.

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