- Friday 03 November 2017
A section of the premises for the Sunshine Coast’s iconic Eumundi Markets has been upgraded and it’s proving to be a welcome improvement for both stallholders, market visitors and the wider Eumundi community who enjoy this valuable space at other times throughout the week.
A joint initiative by Eumundi Combined Community Organisation, Eumundi & District Community Association, Eumundi Historical Association and Sunshine Coast Council, the project included new pathways, lighting and retaining walls, new garden areas and trees, improved drainage, refurbished seating and new water bubblers and dog bowls.
Division 10 Councillor Greg Rogerson said the improvements ensured the market site remained safe and welcoming for its many visitors.
“It’s great to see so many people visiting the markets and putting the new terraces to good use,” Cr Rogerson said.
“Throughout the project, council worked closely with representatives from Eumundi’s community groups and the contractor to ensure minimal disruption to the markets and ensure significant trees were cared for and considered within the design.
“I thank everyone who was involved for their diligence in ensuring this important upgrade was delivered for Eumundi.
“Supporting this platform for local artisans helps achieve our vision of becoming Australia’s most sustainable region – healthy, smart, creative.”
Experience Eumundi general manager Anthony Wynne-Hoelscher said the markets were a drawcard for residents and visitors.
“The Eumundi Markets are an international destination and the Sunshine Coast’s biggest cultural tourist attraction with some 1.2 million visitors each year,” Mr Wynne-Hoelscher said.
“And, with more than 600 local micro-businesses taking up stalls each market day, the markets are one of the Coast’s largest private employers.
“This much needed, high quality upgrade helps position Eumundi well into the future to remain Australia’s greatest artisan market.”
The Eumundi Markets open on Wednesdays 7.30am-2pm, Fridays 8.30am-2pm and Saturdays 7.30am-2pm.
Council contributed $669,000 in funding to this $1.4 million project through its Capital Works Program, as one of many infrastructure improvements across the region.
The balance was funded equally by Experience Eumundi, Eumundi Historical Association and Eumundi & District Community Association.