MALDON MARKET TURNS ONE

Created: Tuesday, 28 October 2014

The hugely popular Maldon Market will celebrate one year of successful operation on Sunday 9 November, with more than $20 000 raised at the market for volunteer groups in town, and local traders enjoying the monthly boost to business.

 

Maldon Neighbourhood Centre Co-ordinator, Amy Atkinson, said that with an average of 65 stalls every month and 1500 market visitors, the market is a fantastic addition to the Events calendar in Maldon.

“The market was established to provide an economic boost to the town, to provide locals with an opportunity to peddle their wares and to improve community connections”.

“All of these things have been achieved in the first year, with the market now firmly in the hearts and minds of many Central Victorians and really healthy visitor numbers from Melbourne,” she said.

Ken Hercott lives in Maldon and bakes bread exclusively for the market;

“The Maldon Market has created additional income for me every month, but it’s just as much about providing high quality produce to locals and creating vibrancy in the town that I love”.

“We are a small tourist town and markets have broad appeal so the market gives visitors another great reason to visit our historical town,” he said.

Lisa Kennedy is a local jewellery maker who now has the chance to sell her product locally and avoid some of the costly and time consuming travel to markets further away.

“The Maldon Market has allowed me to have a staple market every month close to home and to forego other markets further away, which gives me more time to actually make jewellery,” she said.

Local businesses are also singing the praises of the market, with noticeable increases to sales on market days.

“The town buzzes on market days and around lunchtime, we are often run off our feet,” said Tess Ryan, owner of the Gold Exchange Café and Spotted Cow restaurant.

The market also supports local community groups by providing the opportunity to have a free stall space, sausage sizzle and to collect gold coin donations from market visitors.

“We fundraised at the June market and raised over $2000,” said Lee Mead, from the Maldon Tennis Club.

“This type of opportunity makes a real difference to a small club like ours and will help significantly to us achieving our dreams, such as re-surfacing our tennis courts” she said.

A bumper market is planned for Sunday 9 November which will feature live music, kids’ entertainment, 70 stalls offering handmade and home grown products and produce and a free piece of celebratory cake for some lucky visitors!

“The market has given Maldon residents real pride of place and our sponsors, volunteers and community fundraising showcases Maldon as a caring community with a great willingness to participate and contribute,” Maldon Market Co-ordinator, Amy Atkinson said.

To find out the latest information on new stallholders and market promotions, follow us on Facebook, www.facebook.com/maldonmarket

The Maldon Market is proudly sponsored by Octagonal Resources Limited.

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