Gladstone region markets plan to return
MARKET lovers rejoice, easing restrictions means markets around the region can start again but organisers are divided on when.
This Sunday will see the Discovery Coast Rotary Market back on and club president Sue Moran cannot wait to see everyone again.
"Our markets are a lovely community service that we do and it gives local community members a chance to make a bit of money," Mrs Moran said.
"The community love coming too, having a coffee and getting out on a beautiful day."
The Sunday market, held at the Seventeen Seventy SES grounds from 8am to midday, will be a little different with each stall having hand sanitiser, markings for social distancing and adjusting the walkway along the front road to give people more room.
If Sunday goes well the plan is to return to fortnightly markets and weekly for the July school holidays.
In Gladstone the Midday Rotary Club are optimistic they'll be able to host a market at the Tondoon Botanic Gardens on June 21.
Club spokeswoman Marguerita Dobrinin said the club needed to speak to a number of stakeholders but believed the June date was a possibility.
"Certainly we want our market back," Ms Dobrinin said.
"It's a popular market it's a great fundraiser for Rotary and the venue is beautiful."
If the June date doesn't go ahead the club will aim for the third Sunday of July.
Similarly to the Discovery Coast market, enforcing social distancing will be key to ensuring the market's success.
In Boyne Tannum the beloved Beach Arts Music market still has a way to go before they can relaunch.
BAM coordinator Kahn Goodluck said as the event can attract between 3000 to 5000 people working out the logistics was a challenge.
"We have to seriously look at how we can mitigate the risk," Mr Goodluck said.
He said with 100 stalls, three food courts and a stage it would be difficult to space the market out any further.
At this stage the committee are unsure about when the market will return.