In exciting news for Lismore and surrounding districts, its two largest markets are coming to Lismore's CBD to help reactivate our local economy and sense of community.
The Lismore Car Boot Market and Channon Craft Market will commence in Lismore in June.
There will be three Sunday markets each month at a new Pop-up Precinct in the CBD, with opportunities for local flood-affected businesses to trade.
Our Place: Lismore Pop-Up Precinct is being established at the Harold Fredericks carpark, on the corner of Dawson and Magellan Streets. Along with pop-up businesses and the upcoming Sunday markets, the Precinct features the Community Access Point operated by Resilience NSW, along with Service NSW and Services Australia with additional agencies to be announced soon.
Lismore City Council General Manager John Walker said the Pop-Up Precinct is a collaboration between Lismore City Council, Lismore Chamber of Commerce and Industry, The Channon Craft Market Inc. and the Lismore Car Boot Market.
It is funded by Resilience NSW.
"The Our Place: Lismore Pop-Up will help revitalise Lismore by helping flood-affected businesses to trade, allowing the community to access support services and creating a space in the middle of the CBD for the community to come together," he said.
Lismore Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Ellen Kronen, who will be facilitating retailers' participation in the Sunday markets, welcomed the initiative.
"Bringing everyone together in a central trading precinct is an inspiring initiative, not only to kick-start our economy, but also create a vibrant and welcoming meeting place for community," she said.
Lismore Car Boot Market manager Marny Bonner remembers all too well the healing power of markets.
"The first market after the April 2017 flood played such a vital role in community healing," she said.
"It provided a sense of things getting back to normal and really boosted everyone's spirits."
The Channon Craft Market will be held at the Lismore's Pop-Up Precinct until repairs to its regular venue and access roads are completed.
The Channon Market Manager Robyn Kelly said she was excited by the temporary move to the Lismore CBD.
"Reactivating our area's two iconic markets, in partnership with CBD businesses, will bring cash, culture and community together in the heart once again. We are all working together to make this happen and for it to be as easy as possible for traders to get back to doing what they do best," she said.
Our Place: Lismore Pop-Up Precinct first welcomes the Lismore Car Boot Market on Sunday, June 5. The Channon Craft Market will follow on Sunday, June 12, and then the Car Boot Market again on June 19.
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