THERE has been plenty of very positive feedback about the Wonthaggi Rotary Club’s first Sunday Market in McBride Avenue last Sunday. Moved up from Apex Park, initially to allow market stallholders and patrons to get away from the waterlogged park grounds, the choice of the new market location was also designed to give McBride Avenue traders a lift and it’s done just that.
“That was my idea from the beginning really, to give the traders there a bit of a boost,” said Rotary Market Director Max Williams. “All the big businesses have established down the other end of town and the feeling was that the ones up this end might suffer. “But there was a really good atmosphere there on Sunday and I believe quite a lot of the traders did very well out of opening up. “I think the butcher shop did well, I know Ross in at Raneye electronic did extra well as too did the coffee shop and Rose Lodge Op Shop did a roaring trade.” Mr Williams said other shops that opened during the market also did well enough to suggest that it should become a permanent thing. “They said we should stay here and feel sure that it can grow from this first one and we’ll certainly consider that. “We’ll go through to Christmas anyway. “We have a permit from the shire for 12 months if we want to keep it going and they said if we got enough stallholders, they weren’t against the idea of extending up into Wishart Reserve. “I’m not sure if we’d be able to close Watt Street for it as well but it’s a possibility if it expanded that much.”
For now though, Mr Williams and the local traders would like to see it get firmly established in McBride Avenue. “I thought both coffee shops would have opened and because we’ve stopped the coffee vendor coming along, I thought they’d do well and the one that did open seemed to go very well. “We only do the barbecue so there’s definitely plenty of scope for coffee.” As well as a liberal sprinkling of permanent traders, Rotary attracted 28 stallholders selling everything from veggies to plants and it’s sure to expand as everyone gets used to the idea. One stallholders said there wasn’t anything directing those who might have thought the market was on at Apex Park, back up McBride Avenue and the issue of signs will be looked at next time. But, would-be stallholders and market patrons alike should mark down Sunday, September 8 as the next Rotary Market in Wonthaggi’s McBride Avenue.