Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Markets Stay with Live Prawn; Council Rejects Takeover Bid by Iluka Couple

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Markets Stay with Live Prawn; Council Rejects Takeover Bid by Iluka Couple

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Byline: Jenna Cairney jenna.cairney@dailyexaminer.com.au

YAMBA River Markets look set to stay in the hands of current not-for-profit operators for the next three years.

Live Prawn Productions, which started the markets in Ford Park in 2008 as a fundraiser for the Surfing the Coldstream Festival, looked like missing out on a new licence.

Paul and Valma Ryan, who operate the Iluka Markets, submitted a tender which council officers recommended for approval at $500 per market plus electricity.

However, impassioned speeches by both the current co-ordinator and two community groups at Tuesdayas round of committee meetings attracted the sympathy of councillors.

Between $12-$13,000 raised from the markets goes to the Surfing the Coldstream Festival.

Co-ordinator Gary Brisbane said the markets were a real community event.

aWe have an open-door policy where anybody can set up a stand as long as they fit between guidelines of community acceptance,a Mr Brisbane told councillors. …

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