South Australia | Urban
The Original Eumundi Markets are an excellent example of a local, small-scale approach to more effectively sharing facilities, improving the accessibility and availability of fresh food, and promoting sense of place in the community.
The Eumundi and District Historical Association (EHA) operates the Original Eumundi Markets every Wednesday from 8am to 1:30pm and every Saturday from 7am to 2pm in the centre of Eumundi on Memorial Drive. Over the years, several independent organisations, including the Eumundi and District Community Association, have also set up other market operations adjacent to The Original Eumundi Markets, making the overall Eumundi Markets now the biggest artisan market in Australia. The Eumundi market community has grown to more than 600 stalls and boasts an annual visitation of 1.6 million people.
The Original Eumundi Markets have a number of primary aims including:
Supporting Healthy Food Environment – to provide customers with regular supplies of fresh food and access to improved nutrition. The markets support healthy eating as healthy food is made both available and accessible as part of the planning and design of the precinct. Healthy food is available as there is excellent density and variety of food supply relative to the size of the Eumundi community. Healthy food is accessible as the market is located in the centre of town which encourages use with many residents in close proximity.
Sustainable Shopping Experience – to ensure that the Original Eumundi Market’s green credentials are maintained. In conjunction with a local school, the markets have created a worm farm to process all compostable waste generated by the market and for the school to re-sell the organic fluids and castings to raise much-needed funds. The market also supports plastic bag free packaging materials, with the compostable waste used to keep the resident worms happy.
Community Facility – to recognise a responsibility to nurturing new businesses in their formulative years. The markets achieve this through providing the community with a cost-effective public forum for test marketing and trialing of new products and services, unique to the Sunshine Coast region.
Sense of Place – to foster community capacity and social capital. The markets achieve this through providing opportunities for casual social interactions between neighbours and building connections through the sharing of locally produced goods.