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Good turnout for RWA Christmas Market

The RWA Christmas Market was well supported with many people turning out to take a look and buy in the lead up to Christmas. The RWA reported receiving much good feedback. Most people seemed to be walking to the site from around the area or from the station although local residents say that the area was parked out and that many were walking from cars parked around the area. Locals also say there were problems at the entrance to North Eveleigh as people tried to enter the park. The market seemed to have a big impact on the Darlington shops with café use and paper sales well down and little new passing trade reports Geoff Turnbull in the South Sydney Herald of February 2009.

The RWA proposes a weekly Farmer’s Market between 8am and 1pm on the site from February 28. It will be interesting to see the take up for the weekly farmer’s market. There were certainly people who were delighted to be able to get saltbush lamb at Eveleigh but there were also people who turned up expecting to buy vegetables who did not because of the restricted range and high prices. Public housing tenants certainly won’t be coming down to buy their vegies if the prices do not improve in February.

This was the first market at the site so we should expect some teething problems and hopefully the RWA will have learned a lot from the initial experience. This was also a Christmas Market so you cannot expect weekly farmer’s markets to look like the Christmas Market. The RWA is also planning Sunday markets from 9am to 2pm. Currently on the drawing board is a monthly Artisan’s Market with options for other Sunday markets being considered. In the week before the RWA market CarriageWorks hosted the Finders Keepers craft market which reportedly was also well attended demonstrating good potential for an artisan’s market.

More information about the markets will be available in the lead up to February 28 on .

Community organisations interested in making use of the free community fund raising stall to be available at each market should contact Denny Hall at the RWA on 9202 9100.

Photo: Adrian Emilsen- Vegies on display at the Christmas Market

Source: South Sydney Herald February 2009