February 13, 2024
Kumbia’s monthly markets will take on a new format this year after more than a decade of operation.
Earlier this month the Kumbia Hall committee decided to end to the market’s monthly format.
Instead of running on the second Saturday of every month, the committee now plans to hold fewer – but larger – markets in conjunction with major events in the town, such as the annual Christmas Carnival.
A Hall Committee spokesperson told southburnett.com.au the decision to put an end to the monthly format came after the committee reappraised the markets’ viability.
Increasing insurance costs had played a role in the decision, and so had the value of volunteers’ time.
“In the past few years insurance costs have risen a lot for both the Hall Committee and market stallholders,” he said.
“When we looked at this and then took into account the amount of work our volunteers put in to run the markets, it didn’t really add up.”
Instead, the committee believes bigger – if more infrequent – markets will be more attractive to stallholders and patrons.
The committee also believes bigger markets will reflect better on the town as well.