Mar­ket man­ager lauded

Weekend Courier - - News -

HAV­ING ded­i­cated much of his life to vol­un­teer­ing, Safety Bay res­i­dent Peter Phillips was hum­bled to be recog­nised for his work re­cently.

He was awarded the Se­nior Com­mu­nity Cit­i­zen of the Year award for Rock­ing­ham for his ded­i­ca­tion and or­gan­i­sa­tion of the Sun­day Mar­ket run by the Ro­tary Club of Rock­ing­ham.

Mr Phillips has been a Ro­tar­ian for more than 31 years and has lived in Rock­ing­ham for the past 20 years af­ter be­ing a farmer in Ko­jonup.

He has vol­un­tar­ily man­aged it for 10 years and dur­ing that time it has raised more than $1.25 mil­lion, with most of the money be­ing re­turned to the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

Man­ag­ing the mar­ket in­volves tak­ing and record­ing book­ings, about 60 phone calls a week, or­gan­is­ing ros­ters, at­tend­ing the mar­ket each Sun­day and re­solv­ing the odd dis­pute.

“I was pretty sur­prised to get the award; I don’t usu­ally like a fuss but it was nice to get the recog­ni­tion,” he said.

“We have had a good life and I think ev­ery­body should put some­thing back to the com­mu­nity.”

With­out his con­tri­bu­tion to the mar­ket, the club would have had to pay a man­ager, re­duc­ing money that could be given to help the var­i­ous com­mu­nity projects the club could help.

The mar­ket is an at­trac­tion that is en­joyed by both lo­cals and tourists.

The Twi­light Mar­kets are his idea and they run in De­cem­ber.

He said money from the mar­ket had gone to fund some big com­mu­nity projects in­clud­ing a com­mer­cial kitchen and new bus for the Sal­va­tion Army in Cooloongup and a new shed for the Rock­ing­ham Vol­un­teer Sea Res­cue group.

“It’s not just me; there are three other Ro­tar­i­ans ros­tered on to help with the mar­kets,” he said.

“My wife Beth has been a big part of it too and I could not have done it with­out her.”

Mr Phillips was pre­sented the award on Aus­tralia Day at a cer­e­mony hosted by the City of Rock­ing­ham. www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d478834

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son

Peter Phillips, who has or­gan­ised the Sun­day mar­kets in Rock­ing­ham for 10 years, was pre­sented with the Se­nior Cit­i­zen of the Year award.

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