It’s very exciting to see that the FaceBook posts on the Brown Hill Market and Ballarat Farmers Market pages reached nearly 20,000 people last week.
No wonder we had such a great turn out on Saturday at Brown Hill!
THANKS to you for SHARING and LIKING and … COMING along!
The level of support and interest is fabulous and BOTH markets are benefitting – we have new stallholders at both Brown Hill and the Lake. If you’re a Brown Hill local, please come check out the Lake on September 8.
On Monday morning (Aug 20) I’m meeting with Council officers to look at how we set up stalls in the parkland. Renovations have started so there will be a new layout… with stalls in the park as well as main hall – and the car park returned to the people!
I’ve already submitted an Event application with the City and the site meeting is to finalise conditions, stall layout, etc. Expanding into the park will enable us to cater for the increased stall numbers as seasonal produce suppliers return in Spring and Summer.
Stalls in the park will ease parking congestion in the street but also create a lovely atmosphere for shoppers & stallholders alike. There was a great buzz having everyone squeezed into the car park, but the more relaxed layout either side of the pathways will be much more pleasant on the sunny mornings that the coming months will bring.
On Friday June 22, I spoke again to the senior Project Manager with the City of Ballarat who has assured me that we are right to begin the Brown Hill Market on July 28!
Because of potential noise and safety issues while the contractors are working, daytime hall users have been asked to find alternative venues for the six months of renovations . At the end of each day, however, the contractors will leave the building secure & tidy, so that the main hall and toilets can be used. Evening and weekend events should be fine to continue.
On that basis, we are locking in Saturday July 28 for our first market at Brown Hill Hall!
We have a great market at the Lake today, with weather threatening to bother us but the crowds came out, the sales were strong and we all got to pack up and leave before the showers arrived. Big thanks to our great customers who bought up big… several stallholders sold out and that’s always a good thing! Apologies to those who came at 11.30 and found their choices a bit limited… please come earlier next time!
We already have four new stallholders waiting to join us at Brown Hill – selling clothing, jewellery and garden ornaments. If you know local producers who might be interested in an indoor location, please let them know about our move. (NB: we prefer stallholders who actually grow or make their products, so don’t bother telling your mate who sells $2 Chinese socks… we wish him well, but he’s not a good match for us).
The renovations to the Brown Hill Hall are going to leave us with a massively improved hall: new entrance, new kitchen, increased storage space and new toilets. We’ll even get some out door power points! It’s a big long-term win.
Short-term, though… things could be a bit messy. Contractors will need to fence off parts of the site. Public safety must be ensured, so during certain parts of the construction, access might be limited or prohibited. The sequence of building works might have an impact on how soon we can get back in… there are lots of things to consider.
As with any major project, the logistics are complex and the messaging can get ….well….. confused?
Many hall users have received a message from one City of Ballarat representative asking them to seek alternative venues from July until December. While this is likely to be the period during which the works are undertaken, it isn’t clear whether the hall will be closed, or whether relocating is being suggested as a mutually convenient option (convenient for the building contractors who might be happy to not have people under their feet and convenient for some hall users who can easily relocate to an equally suitable venue).
I have spoken to the City of Ballarat Project Manager who is dealing directly with the short-listed contractors and they have all assured him that they can accommodate the market operating, subject to half the car park being blocked off. We can work with that… half a car park during Winter still gets most of our outdoor stalls onto the site.
If the situation changes, I’ll post here to let you know. In the meantime, we can only proceed on the best advice we have… so brochures have been printed and are being distributed and our July start date is in the calendar section of My Ballarat which is out now!
If you live in Brown Hill , you probably received a copy of the latest Brown Hill Community newsletter which features a story about the market moving to Brown Hill in the second half of 2018.
If you missed it, you can go to the digital version of the newsletter – click on Edition 12 to read all about it.
Big thanks to editor Sarah Greenwood-Smith for her support of the Fourth Saturday market coming to Brown Hill. We’ll be supporting the newsletter with advertising, and contributing regular updates about the market.
Welcome to the new webpage for Ballarat Farmers Market and Brown Hill Markets. The new schedule – when we shift to Second Saturday at the Lake and Fourth Saturday at Brown Hill doesn’t kick off until July, but the website is here to keep you informed in the meantime.