Robert and Janet Cawood push for an extension of the Victor Harbor Beachside Market lease

TRADITION: Janet and Robert Cawood want to continue the market they have organised for the past 30 years.
TRADITION: Janet and Robert Cawood want to continue the market they have organised for the past 30 years.

Robert and Janet Cawood are fighting to hang on to a market they have been running for more than 30 years.

The Victor Harbor pair have been owners of the Beachside Market since 1987.

Formerly the Country Market, it has been a regular event held at Soldiers Memorial Reserve on The Esplanade since 1994. From 1987 to 1999 the market was held at the Masonic Hall on Hindmarsh Road.

At the City of Victor Harbor June council meeting elected members knocked back the approval for the Victor Harbor Beachside Market to renew its licence at Soldiers Memorial Reserve for a further four years until June 30, 2023, at a fee of $300 per market.

However, council did approve a renewal for a 12 month period ending June 30, 2020. Council also approved to undertake an open expression of interest process for the Victor Harbor Beachside Market Licence.

This prompted Mr and Mrs Cawood to present a deputation at the November council meeting in the hope that council will rescind the June resolution and allow the market to continue as it has done for more than three decades and at a reduction in rent.

"We currently run approximately 50 stalls in summer and can drop to 20 stalls in winter and we want to secure the future of the market," Mr Cawood said.

The rent is currently $446 per market, which equates to $13,86 annually and the stall holder fee is $25.

"We would like a four year lease and a reduction of $446 per market to $300. At present the market just covers its costs. "This would enable us to plan and keep growing the market to attract visitors to Victor Harbor and assist not for profit organisations and individuals," Mr Cawood said.

"We ask for a reduction in the rent so we could employ specialists such as John Lamb (gardening) to attend our markets."

The market is held every second and fourth Sunday of the month and after Christmas it is weekly until the end of January, starting at 9am.

Groups the Victor Harbor Beachside Market have assisted include the Fleurieu Cancer Support Group, Lions, Rotary, Encounter Bay Football Club, RSPCA, Yankalilla CFS and 12 ice figure skaters, who will represent Australia in January in Poland and raised funds so they could compete.

At the November council meeting City of Victor Harbor Mayor Moira Jenkins said it would be 12 months before council would look at any changes.

"We need to look at options that are available to council and not make a motion on the run," Dr Jenkins said.

Councillor Andrew Robertson said the market was "an amazing attraction to Victor Harbor".

Councillor Peter Charles said he wanted to help Mr and Mrs Cawood.