The Cockatoo Country Market has won the shire’s top gong as the 2022 Community Event of the Year.
The market was adapted to a virtual market during Covid-19 lockdowns but organisers were excited to host the March 2021 Twilight Market in person.
It was the most successful yet, with more than 2,500 attendees across the event.
The market provides a low cost and low risk platform for micro, home-based and artisan traders, with free advertising and profile building for stallholders.
The market also provides opportunities for local community groups to fundraise and attract new volunteers and participants for their programs.
A community barbecue is provided for community groups each month, adding to the fundraising and networking opportunities.
Now in its seventh year, the market contributes to the ongoing support and development of community organisations via its community grants program, which has awarded more than $22,000 to local groups for a variety of projects.