A DECISION about imposing a local condition on the Whitsunday Farmers' Market is expected to be reached at the upcoming Council meeting in Bowen next week.
Whitsunday Gold Coffee sales manager Ali Simpson, who works at the plantation where the market is held, said community support for continuing the market without any such conditions was overwhelming.
She said 450 people signed a petition to this effect on just one day when the market was held.
"[And] we could have kept going with it," she said.
Ms Simpson says the farmers' market is about fresh produce first and foremost, supplied by local producers, where possible.
"And where not, it is about the shortest logistical distance," she said.
"That's the farmers' market national principle."
Whitsunday Regional Council's chief executive officer Scott Waters said ultimately it was up to the councillors to decide what, if any, conditions were imposed.
"The Council stance on this is that the locals should get the first go [but] no decision has [yet] been made," he said.
"The Council report was tabled pending further discussion and will come up before the next Council meeting, but we are looking for an amicable outcome, which I think we can achieve." Mr Waters said when the time came to vote, he would be advising Cr John Collins to step out of the room, due to what could be perceived as a conflict of interest arising from his profession as a butcher.
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