Second council cracks down on computer markets

Taree Council has become the second local government to crack down on travelling computer fairs after a reseller campaign inspired by similar action taken by traders in Victoria.

The Greater Taree Council voted to enforce local planning laws, effectively cracking down on the visiting computer markets, which had become as frequent as twice a month.

The council was sending out warning letters to the owners of properties which were rented out to the markets, including the local Police and Citizens Youth Club (PCYC), Greater Taree Council director of planning, Graham Gardner, said.

“Council is just concerned that any retail activity occurs within its planning laws,” he said.

The travelling markets had been occurring in community venues which were in non-retail zoned areas. In future, market holders would need to apply for the appropriate retail trading approvals, Gardner said.

The clampdown on Taree’s computer fairs follows similar action by Victoria’s Greater Bendigo council.

For more on this story, see this week's ARN.

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