Bellingen Community Markets (BCM) is an activity of the Bellingen Shire Resident’s Association (BSRA). Originally conceived to display and sell local, lovingly grown produce, along with unique arts and craft work prevalent to the Bellingen Shire.
BCM found a spiritual home and foundations when established at Bellingen Park in 1980. The stalls of those early markets has grown to average 260 stalls every third Saturday of the month.
The funds raised by the BCM are returned to the community via contributions to the Shire’s various community groups, educational, sporting and arts organisations and others by BSRA.
The BCM employs a manager to organise the monthly market and a dozen skilled staff for market day. Staff are trained in Traffic Control, OH&S, First Aid and fully inducted into the operational and safety procedures ensuring the safe and efficient running of BCM.
Apart from community contributions, employment and training opportunities, BCM seeks to engage our community in the stewardship of the event and its environment by inviting a community organisation as the Community Group of the Month. They assist staff with early setup and afternoon cleanup and are given access to a free site and hold a donation bucket collection which reaps surprisingly and has positive outcomes for their groups.
Improvements to the ‘Market’ at Bellingen Park are another aspect of work undertaken by BCM in partnership with stakeholders involved, such as Bellingen Shire Council, Bellingen Valley & Dorrigo Rugby League Football Club – Pathways, Environmental Regeneration projects, entertainment stage, seating and the Waste Management Recycling System initiative with much more ongoing.
The raison d’etre of BCM to provide benefit to the Bellingen Shire Community is evident. Thousands of visitors now attend, which achieves a flow on effect to local businesses, accommodation houses and the the tourism industry.
BCM exists as Markets did in ancient times; a cultural, social, and commercial gathering place where locals mix with travelers from distant places, delicious food and beverage is enjoyed in the company of family and friends (old & new), live music is played and appreciated and the essentials and non-essentials are bought and sold with bargains galore.
Come and enjoy a day at Bellingen Markets and you will discover……
Bellingen Community Markets is not just a marketplace but a great place to be.