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Mirrabooka Community Markets return

The community-led events celebrate Mirrabooka’s diversity with a unique, grass roots market showcasing authentic food, arts and crafts and uplifting entertainment from around the world.

The 2020/21 season of Thursday-night markets will be held at the Yirrigan Drive carpark at The Square Mirrabooka from 4-9pm on:

  • Thursday, December 17, 2020
  • Thursday January 21, 2021
  • Thursday February 11, 2021
  • Thursday March 18, 2021
  • Thursday April 15, 2021

The Markets are delivered in partnership by MercyCare, City of Stirling and The Square Mirrabooka and funded by City of Stirling, Lotterywest and Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand.

Each market is expected to attract about 2000 people with more than 100 stallholders represented across the four events.

“The return of these markets is fantastic for Mirrabooka and surrounding communities. Connecting with your local community and enjoying life has never been more important than in 2020,” MercyCare Community, Family and Children Services Executive Director David Holden said.

“Earlier this year we had to call the March markets off due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To be able to reinstate these markets is such a joyous thing, especially for the Mirrabooka community which, like many parts of Western Australia, has been impacted severely by the pandemic.

“Right from the first December market visitors can expect mouth-watering food stalls and unique crafts from all over the world; as well as great entertainment including a roving circus.”

The Markets provides local families, and the wider Perth community, an evening activity that brings the community together during the warm summer nights to celebrate and share.

More than simply another Perth market, the Mirrabooka Community Markets represent an opportunity for local residents to learn new skills, establish a small business and create a sense of community.

This year stallholders will be offered workshops including how to run a small business venture; displaying and selling handmade goods; food handling and service and COVID infection control measures.

Last summer 30 community members were involved in the organising reference group, almost 50 culturally and linguistically diverse people participated in workshops and more than 7500 people attended the markets.

The Markets complement the services offered from MercyCare’s Mirrabooka Office, including family support, youth wellness and housing, Step by Step Settlement Service and No Interest Loans services.

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