Mildura Weekly : Friday June 6 Vol 8 No 31
www.milduraweekly.com.au 12 Mildura Weekly – 06/06/14 Sunraysia Farmers Market on the move THE Sunraysia Farmers Market will move to a new venue for the foreseeable future. From tomorrow morning until further notice, the market will be staged at Jaycee Park, to allow ongoing works at the Orna- mental Lakes as part of the Riverfront Pre- cinct Redevelopment project. A trial market that ran at Jaycee Park on May 17 was incredibly well received by stallholders and visitors, and has given the Sunraysia Farmers Market great confidence in the decision to relocate. “We had great feedback from stallhold- ers, as well as the public, that it’s a great al- ternate venue,” Sunraysia Farmers Market coordinator Lyndall Vandenberg said. “The location is easily accessible, with plenty of parking, pathways and flat ground and with the playground nearby. It’s perfect for families.” With stallholders supporting the reloca- tion, it will be business as usual for the mar- ket, in its temporary new home with fresh produce, regular stalls and the renowned breakfast. Mildura Rural City Councillor John Arnold said: “Council has worked closely with market organisers since the start of the Mildura Riverfront Precinct Redevelopment project and we will continue to do so. We thank them for their ongoing support and involvement and look forward to working with them to make the project a success for all riverfront users.” With so much on offer, including a spe- cial market tomorrow to mark the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, the Sunraysia Farm- ers Market has cemented a place in Mildu- ra’s impressive calendar of events. THIS story starts when Mallee Family Care director Vernon Knight visited Mildura’s Sunray- sia Men’s Shed trailing a well- used sweatbox. Vernon’s idea was to have the shed men turn the sweatbox into a speaking stage, a ‘soapbox’ of sorts, for the visiting speakers that MFC invites monthly to talk to its 300 staff. The sweatbox, he reasoned, was an iconic Sunraysia artefact, and would be a talking point in its own right as well as being a prefect mini stage. While the sweatbox he sup- plied had, what could be best described as “a rustic charm,” the men in the shed reckoned they could do better. So they set about building a ‘soapbox’ and matching lectern from scratch. The result, in pine, has been roundly admired. The base, or soapbox, mim- ics a sweatbox in its dimensions, but provides a much more ro- bust and attractive stage for the speaker. Gone is the rough tim- ber and tin corners of a well- used sweatbox. In its place is a smooth, stained and lacquered equivalent “that any speaker would be proud to stand on.” Meanwhile, a matching lec- tern, in the same timber and hue, was designed and built. It has been constructed to pack away inside the base box for storage and a handle ensures easy trans- portation of the whole kit and kaboodle. The men in the shed were justifiably proud of their efforts, management committee chair- man Ron Dudley said. And Vernon was just as chuffed. “It’s fantastic,” he said. The soapbox and lectern now get a monthly ‘workout,’ and ev- erybody is happy. The sweatbox and the lectern Tonight’s the night for local, live music IF you’re into live music, to- night is your night. To generate more interest, and involvement, in Mildura’s live music scene, the Sunraysia Musicians Club is moving its monthly get-togethers at the Mildura Rowing Club to a Fri- day night. The first of the gatherings in the new time slot is scheduled for tonight from 7.30pm. ‘Musos by the River’ is a great chance to play, and or lis- ten to, some home grown live music, according to the club. This month’s feature artist is Michael Smith, a 16-year-old banjo prodigy. For all others, an open mike session will be staged before, and after, Michael’s set that is scheduled to begin at 8.30pm. Entry is by gold coin for visi- tors, and free for members. Club membership is a mod- est $10. Sound equipment is pro- vided, and instruments too, if required. Refreshments are available. Pumps open day THE historic Chaffey Tangye Irrigation Pump will be oper- ating at Psyche Bend this Sun- day, from 11am to 4pm. Entry costs $10 for a family and $4 for an adult. More information is avail- able by contacting 0428 596 141. • TICKLED PINK: MFC’s Vernon Knight, left, with the Sunraysia Men’s Shed member and the lectern’s creator, KIngsley Perry, centre,and the shed’s committee of management chairman, Ron Dudley try the lectern for size.
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