By Dylan J. Stone
On Sunday the Menindee Country Women’s Association held the Waste to Art Menindee Markets for the first time since the start of the COVID Pandemic.
The launch of the Menindee Markets came almost six months after the idea of resurrecting the markets was first floated, and five months after the Broken Hill Small Business Association began partnering with the Country Women’s Association to prepare for the regular event.
Lorraine Looney, the Menindee CWA Secretary, said that “after a two-year hiatus, it’s good to be able to hold the markets again.
Hopefully this will be the first of many, and we’re looking forward to next year.”
The Markets were held outdoors in overcast but pleasant conditions, but importantly, Ms Looney said, “‘we found a few tourists were dropping in for morning tea and a browse, and that has helped Menindee maintain its tourist attraction”.
The stalls and BBQ were not the only attractions at the market, with two Waste to Art competitions being judged by the Broken Hill Small Business Association.
Organiser Margot Muscat said, “the War on Waste theme this year drew in a variety of entries in both categories, but also saw a number of locals and visitors taking an interest in what was on show and stopping to talk about all matters relating to recycling.”
The ‘whatever your heart desires’ section of the competition was won by Lorraine Looney, who displayed the reuse of packaging to house orange, lemon and cinnamon flavoured sugars; the making of cleaning products with orange peel and vinegar; and used tea bags, coffee grounds and eggshells for the garden.
The ‘plant in a recycled pot’ section of the competition was won by first-time entrant Jane McEwan, who “was pleasantly surprised when her work boot planter was declared the winner,” said Ms Muscat.
Natalie Haylett, a committee member of the Broken Hill Small Business Association, representing the interests of stallholders and marketeers, said it was excellent to see the Menindee Markets resume.
‘It’s just fantastic to see community events such as the Menindee Markets resume after such a difficult time,” said Ms Haylett.
“It’s easy to lose these events once they stop running, so it’s great to see the work being done by the CWA, and the Association benefiting the community.”
The Small Business Association signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Menindee on Sunday, with Natalie underlining the intent of the MOU is to see the Markets succeed now and into the future, and for the Association to support the markets as much as possible, so we don’t permanently lose such an important community event in Menindee.