Co-op gets monthly mar­kets off the ground

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

Night mar­kets will light up the Kar­ratha CBD each month from May un­der a city-cen­tre ac­ti­va­tion plan from a group of local hos­pi­tal­ity busi­nesses.

The Kar­ratha City Mar­kets will see small pro­duc­ers, gift stalls and live en­ter­tain­ment set up in the strip of Sharpe Av­enue be­tween Waram­bie Road and Crane Cir­cle one Satur­day night a month un­til De­cem­ber.

It is an ini­tia­tive from the Sharpe Av­enue Co-op, con­sist­ing of Em­pire, Vita, Yo-get-it, Bol­ly­wood Lounge, Soul Cafe and Blanche Bar, to in­crease foot traf­fic in the city cen­tre on Satur­day nights. Sharpe Av­enue Co-op mem­ber and event or­gan­iser Bart Par­sons said night mar­kets were well suited to Kar­ratha’s weather and were a good way to make the most of the “postcard streetscape” the busi­nesses oc­cu­pied.

“It’s re­ally just to bring some­thing spe­cial to the Kar­ratha city cen­tre,” he said.

“We’ve got this beau­ti­ful streetscape and a lot of things hap­pen­ing away from it, not in it, so I think it needs to be utilised.”

Mr Par­sons said the co-op had se­cured all es­sen­tial fund­ing to­wards the es­ti­mated $207,000 project, in­clud­ing $27,000 from City Cen­tre Ac­ti­va­tion grants at a Kar­ratha coun­cil meet­ing last month.

The lat­est round of the City Cen­tre Ac­ti­va­tion fund­ing also went to the Kar­ratha Mother’s Day Clas­sic for the first time this year af­ter or­gan­is­ers suc­cess­fully ap­plied for more than $7000 to cover to­tal event costs.

Coun­cil­lors turned down Hay­bar grant ap­pli­ca­tions for Oktoberfest and the Melbourne Cup Long Lun­cheons, and post­poned an ap­pli­ca­tion for a grand fi­nal screen­ing in the city cen­tre pend­ing fur­ther in­for­ma­tion.

Pic­ture: City of Kar­ratha

Monthly night mar­kets, in­clud­ing stalls and live en­ter­tain­ment, will run from next month.

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