Council considers community market return

The possibility of community markets returning to Millicent is being canvassed by Wattle Range Council.

There had been no such local outlets for around three years.

Markets had previously been staged by various community groups at such venues as the Millicent RSL Hall, Nangula Hall and the Millicent Showgrounds shearing shed and dining hall.

The now-closed Central Hub in George Street was a private enterprise.

Council is now seeking feedback via an online survey from the community in relation to the establishment of a regular community market in Millicent.

There have been many requests from community members for a market.

The desire for a market has also appeared in the Millicent Town Plan and in the Millicent Mainstreet Master Plan.

Wattle Range Council is looking to assist with facilitating a regular market in Millicent and is seeking community feedback for the structure, type, frequency and other features to make the community market a successful initiative.

The most durable of the Millicent district community markets was at Nangula as it ran for around 25 years.

Dating back to the early 1980s, the markets had raised funds for the upkeep of the Nangula Soldiers Memorial Hall which was then owned by Wattle Range Council.

However, declining stall numbers, competition from other markets and a lack of volunteers were among the factors which led to the decision to cease in 2011.

The building was sold at auction by the council in the following year.

It fetched $95,000 and the building has since been converted into a residence.

In its heyday, the Nangula Market had almost 100 stalls in the hall and surrounds and was one of South Australia’s oldest running markets.

The markets featured a variety of stalls comprising cookery with an excellent array of cakes, pastries and scones, crockery, hardware, farm produce and small goods with light luncheons available in the rear supper room.

Attendees could indulge in homemade jams, honey and relishes and fresh fruit and vegetables.

Other items such as tree seedlings, pot plants, hand-made accessories and baby clothing could also be found at the Nangula Country Market.

Located on the Princes Highway 5km south of Millicent, the Nangula Country Market had traded 8.30am to 12pm every second Sunday of the month, except in January.

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