|Janet Cavanaugh with her stall at the Yamba market in October|
4 November 2011
Greens candidate for the Clarence by-election, Janet Cavanaugh, today welcomed the Clarence Valley Council’s draft market policy.
“I was happy to find out that the draft policy will still allow for information stalls from political parties as well as other non-profit community organisations,” said Ms Cavanaugh.
“I was deeply concerned by earlier reports that the current ban on political stalls, brought in by the licensee for the Iluka and Grafton Showground markets, would be applied to all markets held on Council land.
“Such a ban is unnecessary and a major barrier to raising community awareness of issues,” she said.
In March this year, Ms Cavanaugh publicised the decision by Paul Ryan, the council-appointed licensee of the Showground and Iluka Markets, to ban her from the Showground Market.
“My concern at the time was that this decision was politically biased: Mr Ryan had allowed the candidates from both the Nationals and the Christian Democrats to have stalls at the Showground Market in February.
“While I was prepared to accept a level playing field where all parties are treated equally, I raised my concern that environment centres and other community groups should not be excluded.
“I consider the recent ban of Nimbin Environment Centre from Iluka Market to be a disgrace.
“Markets are good informal venues to chat to the candidates and to find out their views. I had a number of interesting discussions at last month’s Yamba markets,” Ms Cavanaugh said.
Ms Cavanaugh will be at the Maclean market next Saturday.
Council’s draft revised market policy is currently on exhibition until 21 November.
Contact: Janet Cavanaugh – 0429 479 968