The Lennox Head Community Market is set for a re-boot after an extended closure brought about by COVID-19.
A local institution since the early 1980s, the market will rise again after a 12-month hiatus under new management provided by the Byron Community Centre.
‘We’re really excited to bring this market back to the community,’ said Kate Hardman, Byron Markets Manager.
‘We want to make it bigger and better than ever to support the stallholders and the local Lennox community.
Although the first market date is yet to be determined, the Lennox market will continue to be held on the second and fifth Sunday of each month.
Greg Curry, who currently manages Byron’s twilight market, will be the new manager for the rebooted Lennox event.
‘I live in Lennox Head and am closely connected to the local community,’ Mr Curry says.
‘I’ve been going to the Lennox Market for years and have always loved it. I feel excited about the opportunity to manage the market, give back to my community and support small businesses.’
The market will be located directly behind the Lennox Head main street, allowing market goers to combine a visit to Lennox Head with the market.
Ballina Shire Council are currently preparing a development application for a larger-scale market (more than 30 stalls) at Williams Reserve. Site allocation will give priority to current and longstanding stallholders of the Lennox Head Community Market.
‘The markets play an essential role as a venue for local crafts people, small business entrepreneurs, musicians and others to create income in a high unemployment part of NSW,’ says Geoff Haycraft, Lennox Market stallholder.
‘Personally, I love being a stallholder as it allows me to connect with all sorts of people, including visitors to the area and have pleasurable interactions with them. I love the social nature of markets.’