THE Forrest Beach Market is back on at Corbett Park – and starts tomorrow at 8 am.
The market, which has been operating for over 10 years, has an array of stalls offering a diverse range of local goods for sale including homemade food and sauces, jewellery, baby clothes, books, CDs, pot plants, timber craft, clothing, handbags and much more.
The morning will also feature live music, games, and activities for the kids, Loop de Lou the balloon artist, ice-cream and coffee van and the Forrest Beach Progress Association’s famous breakfast.
The market is held on the fourth Sunday of each month from May to October starting at 8 am until midday.
Progress Association Treasurer Gary Ketterer said the organisers looked forward to the market returning each year.
He said: ‘The markets always provide a friendly environment for locals and visitors to showcase what we can produce locally, and it is also a great place to meet other people.
‘We have lucky prizes for the people who purchase food and game prizes for the kids.
‘All proceeds received by the markets is distributed back into the community through projects as directed by the Progress Association or in conjunction with Hinchinbrook Shire Council.’
Mr Ketterer encouraged the community to come along and support the local market.
He said: ‘Bring all your friends who are not from the beach to enjoy a social day at our magnificent foreshore.
‘Grab a bargain and a great breakfast, and enjoy watching the kids play on the well-equipped playground or go for a stroll on our great beach or partake in any of the other great attractions our beach has to offer.’
Along with the markets, the Progress Association is involved in the organisation of the Forrest Beach ANZAC Day parade and commemorations, management of the RV Park and production of the monthly local newsletter, and is always looking for new members to join the team.
‘As the Progress Association is a volunteer organisation, we need more active members to help keep it running, for example we are currently looking for a secretary and more helpers so we can spread around the workload.’
Mr Ketterer said the Progress Association had some exciting projects in the pipeline including the painting of the local water tower.
He said: ‘We are having discussions with the Council about painting the water tower like the [artistic] silo’s out west.
‘We will also have at the bottom of the tower showing the history of Forrest Beach.
‘We are going to apply for additional funding through different government areas and hopefully we can have this project completed.’
If you want to find out more about the Forrest Beach Progress Association or how you can be involved, you can find Mr Ketterer and the Progress Crew at the BBQs at Sunday’s market ready to answer any questions you have or for more information you can e-mail email@example.com