Queensland Children's Hospital
Queensland | Urban
Malak Marketplace began from a need identified for a clean local farmers market in Darwin focusing on local, spray-free and organic produce which no other market in Darwin had.
The Marketplace is an evening market in the Northern Territory that activates an urban space to bring together a diverse multicultural community and showcase the talents, creativity and interests of local community members. The marketplace opens weekly in Malak at Chambers Crescent Car Park, from 4pm until 9pm every Saturday through the Dry Season (27 weeks).
The market has developed a space that offers a platform for community building, as well as opportunities to develop small business enterprises which reveal and share a unique local community culture. With approximately 50 stallholders each week, the markets are well attended with around 1500 to 2000 local visitors and 200-300 tourists during peak season attracted to each market.
In a city known for markets, Malak Marketplace is an innovator. The markets have significantly committed management practises and stallholders to eco-friendly and sustainable development. The marketplace is continually introducing new ideas and methods focusing on quality organic produce, environmental sustainability, community education, multiculturalism, families, support of local growers and traders, musicians and performers and clean living.
Malak Marketplace has made a commitment to educate people about benefits to community through:
In the initial planning phase, other successful organic farmers market around Australia were researched, which included speaking to other market managers. Malak Marketplace was established with a six-week trial in 2015 which gauged the level of community support and involvement. Since then is has been successfully operating during the Dry Season. Malak Marketplace was recognised for its benefits to community and tourism by winning Community Event of the Year and two consecutive nominations at the Brolga Awards in the Food Excellence category.
The project team has evaluated stallholder feedback forms, market goers’ reviews and feedback from social media, monitored attendance and continue to strive for quality. Positive impacts include: