Leederville Farmers Markets to be resurrected

Leederville Farmers Markets to be resurrected

THE Leederville Farmers Markets will be resurrected at the end of the year.

The markets operated for 18 months at the Leederville Village carpark before closing down for good in 2015 after a disagreement between the City of Vincent and former operators over the inclusion of coffee vendors from outside of the precinct.

Perth public relations company P2 Communications was awarded the contract to operate the new markets at this week’s council meeting.

Managing director Renata Ogilvie attended the meeting and said the company was “committed to activating the space and the entire precinct”.

She said the company’s stallholder database was “extensive”.

Mayor John Carey said he was pleased to have the markets back on the agenda.

He said it was “silly” to bring in outside coffee vendors to a local market.

“The original operators disagreed and so we parted ways,” he said.

A paragraph in the council agenda said the relocation to the Frame Court carpark would be “more appealing and provide a better user experience for patrons”.

The former operator announced the closure of the markets on a Facebook page in September 2015.

“Although our planning application passed at the council meeting, the terms and conditions of the lease agreement are not those that will allow us to prosper and survive into the future,” the post read.