A proposal for a farmers’ market at Walka Water Works, with its rural outlook, could be a winner, according to the historic site’s facilities advisory committee.

Committee vice-president Ray Fairweather, after whom a park at Walka is named, said there were some real positives to the NSW Farmers’ Market proposal.

“The advisory group thought it was a tremendous idea that could raise some funds and improve the facilities out there,” Cr Fairweather said.

“From the general public’s point of view I think everyone is looking forward to seeing a farmers’ market in Maitland.”

NSW Farmers’ Market director Kevin Eade has made a presentation to the advisory committee within the past fortnight outlining his plans for up to 100 stalls.

Since then the operator of the Maitland Markets Catherine Blanch has revealed her plans for a “harvest market” at Maitland Showground for a similar number of stalls on a weekly, rather than fortnightly, basis.

“Kevin maintains he has the expertise to do it,” Cr Fairweather said.

“It’s just a matter of him following up the DA.”

The proposals have ignited interest in the community and resulted in dozens of blogs.

Support has been divided between the proposals with each having its supporters and detractors.

“I would certainly like to see farmers get an avenue for selling their produce,” Cr Fairweather said.

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