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Author's Name: Peter Polain
Date: Wed 26 Aug 2020

Market Update August 2020

        

The Stirling Farmers' Market not only provides the club with a steady source of income for all our many wonderful projects but is also a major Community Service project and a constant reminder to the local community of the presence and effectiveness of the Rotary Club of Karrinyup.

The last few months have been particularly difficult for the Stirling Farmers Market.

  • The market had to close, at the direction of the City of Stirling, for two weeks and, although it was only two weeks, it was a considerable setback.
  • The market had to operate without those members, who fell into a vulnerable age group.
  • That required other club members to take on extra shifts to make up the shortfall. The admin team is particularly grateful to all those members, who so very willingly picked up the extra workload.
  • We were also assisted by various Friends of the Market, market customers, who answered our call for volunteers, as well as staff from the City of Stirling.

In July, we were able to return to some sort of normality, albeit on a reduced scale. Food stalls have been allowed to return as well as buskers. However, the number of tables and chairs are limited to keep within COVID 19 guidelines.

Most of our members are back on the roster and we are greatly supported by a group of Volunteers from Churchlands SHS. These students assist with setting up, packing up and cleaning tables and chairs after each use by customers. They are amazingly enthusiastic and efficient and require very little supervision. Customer numbers are increasing and stallholders report that their sales are returning to near pre COVID 19 levels.

Following this, there were two weeks of abysmal weather. Many stallholders cancelled and, as a gesture of goodwill, the administration team did not charge rent from those who did come.

Because of all of the above, our forecast income from the market this year is down considerably on recent years.

Directors are all aware of this and have reduced their expenditure budgets accordingly.


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