Barrack markets are given the nod

COUNCIL has approved a plan for markets on Barrack Square, two weeks after laying its own market plans for Murray and Lake Streets to rest.

At the same meeting, council also stated its opposition to the Multi-cultural Arts and Craft Markets proposed for Russell Square because of adverse public comment.

Six stalls forming the Barrack Square markets are expected to operate between 9:00am and 7:00pm on Saturdays and Sunday.

A staff note to council said the markets proposal would add interest and activity around the Square.

Because Barrack Square is owned by the WA Department of Trans-port, council has no jurisdiction over it.

It had, however, been asked to comment on the proposal.

Councillor Laurance Goodman, who led the charge to bury council’s market plans, said the Barrack Square markets were of an appropriate scale.

“This is a commercial operation on private land and I think it’s appropriate,” Mr Goodman said.

Councillor Bert Tudori asked council staff to investigate the

possibility of market stall owners being required to pay council rates.

“We make private operators on government land do so,” Mr Tudori said.

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