A SEVEN-day marketplace will open in the Swan Valley this year to replace the Midland Military Markets after it burned down in a suspicious fire more than 10 years ago.
The Swan Settlers Market will open in September at the Swan Settlers’ Cooperative Building in Herne Hill and will be the only market of its kind in the Swan Valley.
The market will include a grape processing facility and winery, a cellar door, a growers market and an art gallery and artist studios.
Market manager Jean McGarry, who was also the manager of the Midland Military Markets, said it was about making fresh and local produce accessible and giving local artisans a place to display their work.
“We want to make people aware of what the Swan Valley has to offer – there are a lot of great producers and artisans located on our doorsteps who haven’t got anywhere to showcase their produce or skills,” she said.
“This market is something unique in that it isn’t currently available in the Swan Valley and something that will attract locals and people from across Perth.”
Ms McGarry said the premises would be recycled and old machinery would be on display at the market to retain some of the building’s history and charm.
She said she hoped to provide an outlet for arts and crafts in the region.
“I want the market to give birth to the dying arts like weaving and spinning and give the people still doing it an outlet to sell their work,” she said.
City of Swan Mayor Mick Wainwright said the market would be positive for the Swan Valley.
“The addition of markets to the Swan Valley will not only increase patronage to the area, but the promotion of local goods and produce, such as table grapes,” he said.
“Markets are always popular with the community and I believe these will be no different.”
Anyone interested can call Ms McGarry on 0417 544 326.