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Promising start for markets in the park

In just its second month of operation, the Redfern and Waterloo Community Markets, or RedWater Markets, attracted 14 stallholders, many bargain hunters and happy faces reports. The market, held in Redfern Park on Saturday, October 17, was a colourful sight Andrew Collis in the South Sydney Herald in November 2009.

Stalls displayed clothes of all kinds and sizes, jewellery, bric-a-brac, plants, second-hand and recycled furniture, arts and crafts. A sausage sizzle was hosted by the local PCYC.

Co-ordinators, Naomi Ward and Leanne Lightfoot, see huge potential for the market. “It’s great to see the Redfern community engaged,” Leanne Lightfoot said. “This is a beautiful park with great atmosphere.” Ms Lightfoot, who has experience as long-time co-ordinator of the popular Surry Hills Markets, invites prospective stallholders to consider joining the November market. “Rates for stallholders are the best in town and profits go to local good causes,” she said.

RedWater Markets is a project of the Housing Communities Program, auspiced by the Factory Community Centre in Waterloo. The Factory is home to a number of community groups, and also runs a range of activities for local residents including a community bus, a pre school, out of school care, and various arts and event-based projects. One of the most recent activities of the Factory is the revitalisation of the Waterloo Recycling Workshop (WRW) which is now the new home of the Cycle Re-Cycle Club.

Naomi Ward, who is also the WRW co-ordinator, said the success of the markets depends on community support. “There are so many positives,” she said. “The picturesque setting here in the Park, a great café on site, nearness to Redfern Station and buses, and easy parking.” Ms Ward also gratefully acknowledged the vital support of the City of Sydney, local Chamber of Commerce members, Souths Leagues Club and other partner stakeholders.

John English, maker of furniture from recycled timber, is committed to the markets. “I’ll be here for the long term,” he said. Mr English is an accomplished furniture designer and maker. Check out his popular Love Bench and Monastery Bench pieces. Mr English is happy to take orders.

The new Redfern and Waterloo Community Markets is held every third Saturday of the month from 8am to 4pm. Stallholders should contact the Market Co-ordinators on 0434 197 527. For general enquiries call the Factory on 02 9698 9569.

Photo: Ali Blogg - RedWater Markets in Redfern Park