Views sought on Northbridge market

RESIDENTS and businesses in Northbridge will be asked for their views on a proposed Multicultural Arts and Crafts Market in Russell Square.

Perth City Councillors agreed to the study at their 10 August meeting.

The Aboriginal International Friendship Foundation-run markets are expected to run for a two month trial period for a maximum of twenty-nine hours per week.

Proposed operating hours for the markets are 6:00pm to 10:00pm on Thursdays and Fridays, 10:00am to 11:00pm on Saturdays and 10:00am to 6:00pm on Sundays.

A total of fifty stalls is expected.

Dance, theatre and song will be performed from the bandstand in the centre of Russell Square.

Council referred an 8 December application by the Aboriginal International Friend-ship Association for the markets to the WA Planning Commission with a recommendation for refusal.

However, the commission approved the association’s request with a number of conditions, including the maintenance of public access through Russell Square at all times, no structures involved with the markets being attached to the existing trees and structures in the park and that all equipment, structures and rubbish associated with the markets be removed at the close of operation of each trading day.

When council recommended the proposal be refused, it was still considering establishing markets of its own in Lake Street, Northbridge.

That plan has since fallen by the wayside. An expression of interest study found nobody was interested in establishing markets in Lake Street and that Murray Street, Perth was the preferred location.

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