Market stall owners, artisans and vendors are gathering in a Melbourne park to discuss the best way to keep the night market alive in the city’s outer suburbs.
Photo: Melissa Adams The night market is the biggest business event in the Melbourne suburb of Werribee, but the event has come under fire in recent weeks over what many are calling unsafe conditions at the site, which was opened last year by the city.
Mr Smith, the owner of the night markets, said he was worried the night-market had lost its charm.
“I have a couple of years on the site now, so it’s just been very busy,” he said.
“We’ve been trying to keep it a safe environment and make sure the safety equipment is in place and we have staff that are trained on the equipment. “
“If we lose our customers and we lose the business, then it’s going to be a lot harder.” “
Mr Smith said he would like to see a more permanent location in the area, and said the event was still a community event. “
If we lose our customers and we lose the business, then it’s going to be a lot harder.”
Mr Smith said he would like to see a more permanent location in the area, and said the event was still a community event.
“For the community it’s really important and it’s a good community event,” he told ABC Radio Melbourne.
“They want to see it stay on and stay open, and for the police, we’re very concerned.”
In the past, night markets have attracted thousands of people to the area and locals have described the event as one of the best in Melbourne.
Mr Sargent said he hoped the city council would support a permanent night market.
“It’s the biggest night market, and we can’t keep it running if we don’t keep the community involved,” he argued.
“That’s why we need to get a permanent spot and we need a permanent location.”
Mr Sager said the nightmarket’s safety measures would be reviewed at the end of the year.
Mr Jones, who runs the night Market, said the city was “still working on a plan” to improve the safety of the event.
He said there was a risk the night will end up on the “market island” of the City of Yarra.
Mr Krakoff, the night manager, said it was unclear if the city would consider a plan for a temporary venue.
“At this stage, we haven’t got an answer yet, so I’m going to have to ask the city of Yarran to do a plan review,” he warned.
“When we get one that they want to approve, I’ll be very open to that.”
Mr Jones said it would be up to the City Council to decide whether the site could stay in operation or not.
“You can’t get it on a temporary basis, because it’s not a community market,” he suggested.
Mr Linton, the manager of the market, said his group had been in contact with the City’s planning and development manager, but he did not know when they would receive a response.
“So far, I don’t think they’ve said anything,” he explained.
“Until we get an answer from them, we don