Byron Bay Markets: Get With It. Change is Inevitable.
YESTERDAY’S VOICE of Byron article highlighted the resistance to change by those against relocating the Byron Bay Community Markets.
But they ignore the fact that the markets are currently in the Butler Street Reserve as the result of change.
Former Byron Bay Chamber of Commerce president, Gold Coast social media marketing consultant John Wright, recalls the first relocation of the markets from Byron’s Apex Park to Butler Street.
“The Chamber of Commerce decided to create the markets, and a committee was formed, of which I was a member,” John said.
“I can’t recall all committee members but I remember Penny Fidler and Wendy Taylor were two of them.
“We located the markets in Apex Park in Bay Street and they were a resounding success from the outset.
“But inevitably, they markets outgrew the Apex Park venue.”
The decision to relocate to the Butler Street Reserve was made, and the markets were then privatised and managed by Penny and the Chamber bowed out.
“I recall intense disappointment at the need for change at the time, but in the long run it was both necessary and extremely successful.
“People resist change and I understand it can be difficult sometimes.
“It’s time now for the next Byron Markets change… time to embrace the future and adopt the Michie Plan for the next relocation of the Byron Bay Markets.”