Moree Markets could be back by Christmas

MOREE Plains Shire Council and operators of the Jellicoe Park Markets – the 1st Moree Scouts’ Group – are working on a COVID-19 Safe Plan to enable the markets to re-open in the near future.

Director of Planning and Community Development Angus Witherby said a gated site was one solution being looked at.

Traditionally, the Moree Markets are held at picturesque Jellicoe Park on the first Sunday of each month, with two Christmas markets in December.

“There are a number of hurdles to overcome before the markets can return,” Mr Witherby said.

“Current NSW Health Orders limit the number of people who can attend at any one time. A gated site has been the most obvious solution to managing the number of people attending, which poses challenges for using the current Jellicoe Park site.

We are currently working with the operators to determine an appropriate way to manage this issue and also working through the requirements of a COVID-19 Safe Plan.”

Mayor Katrina Humphries agreed.

“We want to keep our community absolutely safe, but people also need to get out of the house and have a bit of fun,” she said.

The Moree Markets are hoped to be back up and running by Christmas (Image courtesy of Fiona Lysaught).

Cr Humphries said Council continues to seek comprehensive and well-thought-out COVID-19 Safety Plans.

“Getting these plans right is critical for our community. We want the same high standard of plans from everybody,” she said.

“Other communities might do things differently – that is up to them – but our community expects and needs a gold standard approach.”

Mr Witherby said given the virus situation was becoming less acute in New South Wales there was more scope for these events. 

He cited the recent Foodies Markets in Moree as an example.

“While Council did not play a role in the approval process for the recent food night market at the showground, we did work with the organisers to ensure they had a comprehensive COVID-19 Safe Plan in place before continuing with the event,” he said.

Council outsources the organisation and operations of the monthly markets to the 1st Moree Scouts’ Group, who are working with Council to have the markets up and running before Christmas.

Media Release: Thursday, October 1, 2020