The Pyrmont Bay Markets scheduled for Sunday September 1 have been cancelled. The local business group, the Pyrmont Ultimo Chamber of Commerce is greatly disappointed that the new monthly markets planned for Pyrmont Bay Park will not go ahead.
After a year long application process the State government declined to grant permission to operate monthly markets in Pyrmont Bay Park. Over the last twelve months market plans have been stymied while bureaucrats at the City of Sydney and Property NSW have sent the application back and forth requiring more and more documentation and reports at every turn.
Running local community markets in support of small businesses and residents in a public park should not be so difficult.
On Friday afternoon, just nine days out from the official relaunch of the eagerly anticipated, once popular markets, state bureaucrats in the office of Property NSW stated they would not approve the markets unless they were presented with a “Wind Management Plan.” Market oranisers were asked to produce a report addressing 22 bullet points in relation to the wind.
Without permission to run markets, there was no choice but to cancel the event. Stall holders could not be signed up to participate in a market that had not been approved.
The Pyrmont Ultimo Chamber of Commerce apologises to the many thousands of people who planned to join us in Pyrmont Bay Park on Sunday September 1. Our extensive advertising campaign which built community excitement for the markets was funded by a one off City of Sydney grant.
In the coming days we will put up a petition urging the Premier and the Lord Mayor to reduce the amount of red tape required to run simple community markets in a public park. We ask that you add your name to the list of concerned residents objecting to the bureaucratic mismanagement of our community events.
The good news is we are still going ahead with the Pyrmont Festival in a separate waterfront park at the end of September. Fortunately Pirrama Park is not managed by Property NSW. We hope you join us for a glass of wine from the Orange region and wander among the more than 50 stalls all of which were approved by the City of Sydney, without a Wind Management Plan.
Sign our PETITION and help bring Pyrmont Bay Market to Pyrmont Bay Park! (click the link below)