Barely a dozen traders turned up at Thursday's open forum conducted by CEO Malcom McCullough but according to participants this was a revealing discussion.
A whole range of topics were discussed in Mr.McCullough's now trademark direct and honest manner. They included different ways of calculating rents, consolidation of stalls during construction, options for fruit and vegetable traders in the Queen St. temporary market and so on.
These meetings are not accidental. They are designed to inform traders but also inform management. It would be fair to call them part of the process of negotiation as traders and management openly discuss and analyse market processes to see what is likely to work and what isn't.
Traders who have questions on any market matter, particularly renewal, should attend. Don't expect definitive answers to all questions but do expect that your views will form part of the debate. The next meeting is scheduled for the Engagement Hub on Thursday from 2:30 to 4:30pm. Don't miss it.