Scarborough mar­kets to con­tinue

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THE Scarborough Sun­set Mar­kets are set to re­turn next sum­mer.

The Scarborough Beach As­so­ci­a­tion ini­tia­tive aimed to lure peo­ple back to Scarborough while con­struc­tion on the re­de­vel­op­ment wrapped up.

It did that and more, at­tract­ing on av­er­age 6000 vis­i­tors each Thurs­day evening.

As­so­ci­a­tion chair­man Wayne Bowen said they wanted to cre­ate a quin­tes­sen­tial WA beach ex­pe­ri­ence of surf, sand, sun­sets, food, mu­sic, fam­ily, friends and ca­nine com­pan­ions.

“We pro­vided an op­por­tu­nity for fam­i­lies and friends to gather and eat and en­joy our beau­ti­ful beach,” he said.

“We made sure the at­mos­phere was right and rep­re­sented ev­ery­thing that we love about Scarborough.

“The event cel­e­brated Scarborough and spoke to the lo­cal com­mu­nity and wider vis­i­tors, pro­vid­ing au­then­tic con­nec­tion with the place.”

Busi­nesses in­volved and vis­i­tors to the mar­kets were sur­veyed and 94 per cent of respondents rated the se­ries as very good or ex­cel­lent.

Mr Bowen said a large ma­jor­ity of respondents said what they en­joyed most was the food, beach set­ting and re­laxed com­mu­nity vibes.

“We think it’s a fair as­sump­tion the mar­kets have breathed new life back into the area and cel­e­brated what is mag­i­cal about a Scarborough sum­mer,” he said.

“We also asked our vis­i­tors to agree or dis­agree on the state­ment ‘This event has im­proved the rep­u­ta­tion of Scarborough Beach’, and not one sin­gle per­son dis­agreed.”

The as­so­ci­a­tion plans to con­tinue the mar­kets next sum­mer and aims to make it a must-do for tourists.

Mr Bowen said they wanted to ex­plore the new spa­ces in the re­de­vel­op­ment.

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