Paton said they started a Save Glebe Markets petition, which garnered about 1,500 signatures.
“We wanted an interim rule because we were so little informed that the markets were going to close,” Paton said.
“This has put all stallholders in a very difficult position. We depend on that income and without it we go up in smoke. It was very stressful.”
Paton hoped that each new operator would support the existing stall holders.
“My biggest fear is that when the new tender is arranged, they will just do an open tender and I will have to compete against big companies again. That would be really terrible.”
Stall owner Joseph Stellino said publicity material insisted the attraction was closed after the Saturday conflicted with stallholders’ wishes to continue operations via a janitorial process.
“None of us want it to be closed,” he said.
Stellino, who has run fashion stalls at the market since the school opened 31 years ago, said it has been a Sydney institution that has attracted visitors from around the world.
“It’s not that controlled what can be sold. It is a young adult market and has become very fashion focused over the last 10 years. I think it’s always had that alternative flavor.”
Labor candidate for Balmain Philippa Scott said the outcome of an interim operator was thanks to community reinforcement and hoped a long-term solution would be reached soon.
“We need a fair and transparent tender for a long-term contract, including a proper traffic management plan, to put Glebe first and protect the iconic spirit of the markets,” she said.
Balmain Green Party member Jamie Parker said the result was good news for the local community and for Sydney.
“I am very pleased that we will continue as before in the markets until the tender for the new operator is completed. My office has already been contacted by nearly a dozen operators interested in managing these markets,” he said.
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https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/glebe-markets-set-to-continue-after-interim-operator-steps-in-20230223-p5cn3a.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_national_nsw Glebe Markets will continue after the intervention of the interim operator