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NightQuip meets with starry response

4 September 2019

Gunnedah’s first NightQuip markets has met with an enthusiastic response from both those who attended and stallholders.

A survey to gather feedback about the markets held on the first night of AgQuip 2019 closes at midnight on Friday. Gunnedah Shire Council Economic Development Officer Emily Wilson said that all initial reports show overwhelming support for the event.

“The participation, the effort by businesses and stallholders, the atmosphere – it all made for a really great night,” Ms Wilson said.

“NightQuip 2019 was a wonderful event and added to both the fun and the economic opportunities that AgQuip brings to Gunnedah Shire.

“We want to thank the community and our businesses and community groups for really getting behind NightQuip.”

Gunnedah’s Mick Furner, who owns MA’s Food Van with his wife Ako, said NightQuip had been their first outing with their Japanese food van.

“The atmosphere was absolutely awesome,” Mr Furner said. “I would do it again in a heartbeat.

“There was a huge volume of people that came through and we had quite a few repeat customers.”

The Furners have just set up their Japanese food business with the help of advice through NightQuip partner, the Service NSW Easy to do Business program.

NightQuip 2019 provided opportunities for locals to showcase their business offerings as well as those in the surrounding region.

Baan Baa singer Sarah Leete said she busked at NightQuip as well as operating a stall for timber business Harleywood.

“Singing is my full-time profession and it was really refreshing to be able to busk and for people to show their appreciation,” she said.

“It was really fun. It was also great to see so many people out and about given the time of year and the drought.

“Having it on the first night of AgQuip was also a good idea. I talked to people who had pulled into town for this and then were going to the field days the next day.”

Ms Leete said she would not hesitate to come again – but given the numbers of people, might need to bring a helper for the Harleywood stall.

To have your say about NightQuip and go into the draw to win a double movie pass, fill in a survey:

Market attendee: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/nightquip

Stallholder/retailer: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/nightquipretail

Photo Caption: Lucy Furner at MA’s Food Van at NightQuip. Caption 2: Sarah Leete keeps the crowds entertained at NightQuip.

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Media Contact: Eliza Gallen (02) 6740 2100.