Lions Club of Mooloolaba members at the Fishermans Rd Sunday Markets site (from left) Peter Whalan, Dot Dawes, Ken Peters, Lyn Radonich, Dean Farrow, Jenny Power, Alan Carpenter and Raema Carpenter.
Lions Club of Mooloolaba members at the Fishermans Rd Sunday Markets site (from left) Peter Whalan, Dot Dawes, Ken Peters, Lyn Radonich, Dean Farrow, Jenny Power, Alan Carpenter and Raema Carpenter. Kristy Muir

Maroochydore markets’15th birthday on Easter Sunday

STROLLING through the large variety of market stalls at Fishermans Rd is a great way to spend Sunday.

But few people know the effort put in behind the scenes to keep the long-running, not-for-profit event going.

On Easter Sunday the Maroochydore markets will celebrate its 15th birthday and it will be hard to keep the smile off the face of market director Ken Peters.

The Lions Club of Mooloolaba member has organised the weekly event for its 15 years.

In that time, it has grown from 30 stalls to 199 registered stallholders (with another 14 stalls soon to start trading there) and became a full-time job for all involved.

There are more than 20 fruit and vegetable stalls with many selling their locally grown seasonal produce.

Across the market site are plants and seedlings, fresh seafood, bakery and dairy products, free range eggs, art and craft, jewellery, new and pre-loved clothing, household items, books, and much more.

Mr Peters said the markets ran like "a very professional business" and members of Mooloolaba Lions helped each week.

"A co-ordinator role became necessary as the original average 30 stalls steadily grew and the market now requires almost daily attention beyond that of the weekly team leader duties," he said.

His duties also involve drawing up stallholder agreements, checking insurance policies, updating licences, as well as fielding inquiries from existing and prospective stallholders.

With no paid managers, or support staff, the Lions club distributes about $150,000 each year to many causes, locally and across the wider community, in Queensland and nationally.

"We are on target in our 15th year for the club to increase the total donation made from market funds to more than $1,400,000," Mr Peters said.

"In addition local Scouts and other Lions provide parking and food services, gaining an income in excess of $60,000 per annum and each week we provide free space for clubs and not-for-profits to earn income."


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