Insurance rising for Tweed market
TWEED PCYC market stallholders have not deserted the markets in the face of rising insurance costs.
Regular stallholder Wayne Stegeman said after an initial decline in stallholders last month, numbers seemed to be on the rise.
“It hasn’t been quite the same but stallholders are slowly coming back,” Mr Stegeman said.
“I think as people realise it doesn’t cost that much more, then they will start to come back.”
The Terranora resident said he and his wife, Rose, had been selling produce at the markets most Sundays for the past 18 months.
He said they took over from their daughter when she went on maternity leave.
“We sell all sorts of fruit and vegetables so we had to have insurance before the regulations,” Mr Stegeman said.
“The more regular stallholders had their own insurance but it was the one-off people who were affected. The people who want to sell clothing, or other items that they would sell at a garage sale, are still turning up as well.
“The smaller markets always have less people but the bigger ones are getting stalls almost right around the oval again,” Mr Stegeman said.
He said as the markets were the main fundraiser for the PCYC, the cost of a stall was not a big worry for a lot of stallholders.
PCYC manager Mark Madden said the markets were going well despite the introduction of mandatory insurance.
“On the first Sunday in November it was wet and it looked pretty gloomy but the last two markets have looked just as good as before,” he said.
Mr Madden said the rising cost of insurance prompted the club to drop its daily fee from $20 to $15 for a stallholder on the oval.
“It now costs $25 to have a stall with our fee and insurance,” Mr Madden said.
“So it is only $5 more than it was before.”
The markets are held every Sunday on the corner of Florence and Adelaide Streets.
Markets will not operate on Sunday, December 27, but will be on every other Sunday.