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Moama market stallholders still fighting for return

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March 21, 2017

Stallholders are keeping up the pressure on Murray River Council to reverse its decision to shift the Moama Market.

STALLHOLDERS are keeping up the pressure on Murray River Council to reverse its decision to shift the Moama Market.

The council announced plans earlier this year to uproot the market from its current location at Kerrabee Soundshell and move it nearly 2km away to Moama Recreation Reserve.

It cited traffic flow issues as a contributing factor for the decision and said the recreation reserve was an ideal location for the market which allowed for future expansion.

But angry stallholders are not copping it, claiming the move to a less-central part of town will fail to attract passing traffic.

‘‘The bottom line is they’re going to kill it,’’ one stallholder said.

‘‘The traffic problems are not the market’s fault; it’s the (Echuca-Moama) bridge’s fault.

‘‘And when the new bridge comes in, the traffic won’t even be that bad.’’

Another stallholder said the soundshell — often bursting at the seams with market patrons — was destined to become a ghost town.

‘‘How many times is it (the soundshell) going to be used?’’ she said.

‘‘If the market moves away, it will only be used about three times a year.

‘‘It’s a shame. I was crossing the bridge last Sunday and I was just amazed by the foot traffic heading to the market.

‘‘It seems the council has these grandiose plans but they don’t sit on the ground and find out what it might mean to us.’’

One stallholder told the Riv earlier this month ‘‘at least one-third’’ of their counterparts had indicated they would not move to the new location.

Tender submissions to operate the new market closed last week.

The current lease agreement expires on July 30.

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