Glebe markets on the hunt for a new operator, locals shocked over closure

Organizers of The Glebe markets have announced that the markets will be closing down. Photo: Wikimedia commons.


Inner West locals have been shocked by the announcement that the iconic Glebe Markets will be closing down after 30 years of operation on the grounds of Glebe Public School. However, politicians were quick to tell the public that all hope is not lost, and the Department of Education has no intention of shutting down the markets for good.

A spokesperson from the Department of Education said that “planning is under way to tender for an ongoing operator of the markets at Glebe Public School”.

Started by Bob and Judy McCumstie in 1992, the Glebe markets have been an institution in the Inner West for over 30 years. The markets have been a bustling destination for locals on Saturday mornings for decades.

Stallholders were informed via a letter from the current operators that February 25 would be the last day of operation. The letter cited “personal reasons” for the sudden closure.

Market organizers posted on social media and their website yesterday announcing to the public that the iconic markets would no longer continue.

Contract is up, says Parker

Glebe Markets at Glebe Public School. Photo: Glebe Markets.

While an interim solution could be on the way, politicians have come out with their support and dedication to keep the markets running. State member for Balmain Jamie Parker said via social media that there is “no cause for alarm”, and that the government is committed to ensuring the markets remain open.

“The contract to operate the markets is due to expire in March and the Department of Education who owns the site at Glebe Public School has said they have no plans to close the markets,” Parker said.

I’ll be contacting the Minister tomorrow to confirm and follow up.”

Inner West Councilor and state candidate for Balmain Philippa Scott joined Parker in committing to help the markets stay.

“I will do everything I can assist to secure a new operator and work with the Department of Education to make sure our beloved Glebe Markets continue,” she said on Facebook.

City of Sydney Councilor Linda Scott commented the news that the markets would shut was “devastating”.

“We love the Glebe markets” she said.

Locals will have to wait anxiously for another operator to take up the administration of the markets to ensure they can continue to run.

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