Food markets could boost night-time economy

The Sydney Night Noodle Markets has proved to be a popular event. Picture: Cole Bennetts

The Sydney Night Noodle Markets has proved to be a popular event. Picture: Cole Bennetts

They’re all the rage.

And now Campbelltown Council wants to cash in on the trend of night-time food markets.

The council will investigate the costs associated with establishing the twilight markets following a push from Campbelltown’s longest serving councillor, Cr Meg Oates (Labor).

Cr Oates believes the concept would be successful.

“This is a trend that’s attracting a lot of attention (in other areas),” she said.

“We have the potential with our multicultural city to have amazing markets.

“The people of Campbelltown like coming out and socialising … and this is something that could work really well.

“Food brings people together.”

Cr Oates suggested Mawson Park, the council forecourt or the Campbelltown Arts Centre forecourt would be ideal locations for the event.

Eat Street, held every Thursday in Wollongong's Crown Street Mall, has been a big hit with locals. Picture: Sylvia Liber

Eat Street, held every Thursday in Wollongong's Crown Street Mall, has been a big hit with locals. Picture: Sylvia Liber

However, other locations throughout the area would also be considered.

“This would help activate some of those spaces we do have,” she said.

“(The Campbelltown Arts Centre) is one but we also have places like Mawson Park which is also quite pleasant.”

Mayor George Brticevic (Labor) said the markets could also provide a major boost for the Campbelltown night-time economy.

“To have a whole bunch of food vans or stalls to make the city vibrant (would be good),” he said.

“The more we can do at night, the better.”

Cr Ted Rowell said Macarthur Square had held night markets once a month and they had proven to be “fairly successful”.

Cr Oates said her idea would have more of a “community feel rather than a commercial feel”.

There have been a number of twilight markets throughout Sydney and surrounding areas.

The Night Noodle Markets in Sydney have been one of the most popular events, while closer to home Wollongong has also embraced the concept with Eat Street being held in the Crown Street Mall every Thursday.

One-off events like the Christmas night markets at Bulli Showground – also in Wollongong LGA – have also drawn large crowds.

A feasibility report into the possible night market will be prepared by Campbelltown Council staff and presented to councillors once complete.

Sampling the food at the Sydney Night Noodle Markets. Picture: Cole Bennetts

Sampling the food at the Sydney Night Noodle Markets. Picture: Cole Bennetts

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