Caloundra’s weekly community markets is moving back to its original home after 10 years.
Arthur Street Country Markets will return to the Caloundra Rugby Union Club from Sunday, September 20.
Previously named Currimundi Country Markets, it raises money for Dicky Beach Surf Life Saving Club. Convenor Lindsay Wheeler says the forced closure of the event during COVID prompted the move.
“They have been at Currimundi State School for 10 years, and the school was wonderful, but we did not feel they were reaching their full potential,” Mr Wheeler says.
The markets have been operating for more than 40 years offering fruit, vegetables and other fresh produce, plants, homemade goods, arts, crafts, secondhand tools and bric-a-brac.
“The market initially started at the old drive-in theatre site, operated by The Leukaemia Foundation,” Mr Wheeler says.
Mr Wheeler hopes the markets will now “rebuild” with a strong focus on locals, and he says they are looking for new stallholders.
“We want to focus on community store holders, crafts and local farmers,” he says.
The new location will also help support three community organisations.
“It raises money for the Dicky Beach Life Saving Club, but then the rugby grounds fundraise off our rent and we have the Caloundra Lions Club walking around at the markets with their meat raffles and shaker tins.”
He says it is a welcome support the local sporting clubs and not-for-profit community organisations impacted by the current pandemic.
“The market provides an important source of fundraising income, as well as supporting local producers and local stallholders to help make ends meet.”
The markets will be held weekly on Sundays from 7am to midday. Interested stallholders can contact 0401 482 949.