Mar­kets set to grow

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - REPORTER NEWS - David Charlesworth

ONLY weeks old, the Wa­roona Ac­tion Group has taken over the reins of the Lions Monthly Mar­ket leav­ing the Wa­roona Lions Club to fo­cus on its many other projects.

With the first mar­ket of the year held on Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 4, the group will take over plan­ning the mar­kets from the club who had done so for the past four years.

Club mem­ber John Clare said the first mar­ket ran by the group was suc­cess­ful with more en­ergy brought to the event.

“I have to say it was the best mar­ket in ages, they’d been putting the word out,” he said.

“That’s what we needed, fresh en­ergy.”

Mr Clare said the club had been find­ing it hard to find vol­un­teers to run the mar­kets and al­ready had a num­ber of events on its plate. “It is a lot of work,” he said. Mr Clare said the mar­kets were still a Lions project but to be man­aged by the group, with money raised go­ing to the club and back into the com­mu­nity.

Mr Clare said as well as its short-term projects, the club had also taken up man­age­ment of the Vin­tage Ma­chin­ery Day and or­gan­ised the Lions Big­gest Bar­be­cue, the All Aussie Car Day, the Christ­mas Gala and the An­zac Day Gun­fire Break­fast.

Group chair­man Pat Dunne said there were a num­ber of ideas the group wanted to in­tro­duce to the mar­kets in­clud­ing en­ter­tain­ment and at­tract­ing more ven­dors.

“We want to in­ject a bit more vibe into it and get it hap­pen­ing,” he said.

“With big­ger crowds we can get more stalls and build on it.

“We’ll also look at, as the mar­ket picks up, bring­ing in dance groups.”

Mr Dunne said while the mar­ket was held in the Walm­s­ley Pav­il­lion at the Wa­roona Show­grounds, it would likely move back to the town hall once ren­o­va­tions there are com­plete.

“We’ll have a more vi­brant area right on the high­way,” he said.

Mr Dunne said this was the first task the group had taken on but would also look at ways they could im­prove the town.

“We’re try­ing to get some more things hap­pen­ing in town,” he said. The mar­kets are held in the pavil­ion the first Sun­day of every month from 8am to 12pm.

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