Sunday swapmeet plan for The Park Centre in East Victoria Park

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LOCAL Rotarians believe a weekly swapmeet at East Victoria Park’s main shopping centre could “bring a bit of life to Victoria Park”.

Three local rotary clubs – Victoria Park, South Perth-Burswood and Ascot – have applied together to run Sunday morning markets in the car park at The Park Centre.

“We see it as an opportunity to raise some money for projects in the community and to add some life to the Park on a Sunday morning,” Rotary Club of Victoria Park spokesman Wilfred Hendriks said.

The popular Vic Park Farmers’ Market already operates on Sunday mornings across the road at John MacMillan Park but Mr Hendriks suggested the two events could collaboratively bring people to the district and not necessarily compete for customers.

Shopping centre owner Hawaiian confirmed its support for the swapmeet, which with council approval could start by the middle of the year.

“We envision the markets to be a good tie-in with the Vic Park Farmers’ Market across the road, providing locals and community members from the surrounding suburbs an exciting reason to visit Vic Park every Sunday,” Hawaiian shopping centre suburban portfolio general manager Scott Greenwood said.

Rotary had run a swapmeet in Bentley many years ago, but now the closest operating was at Belmont Forum.

That and other similar Rotary-run markets around Perth charge sellers $10 per bay and ask shoppers to make a gold coin donation.

Victoria Park Council is due to consider Rotary’s application in March and will accept public feedback on the idea until February 5.

Works to improve John MacMillan Park are also due to occur in March and April, including a new toilet block that Mr Hendrinks suggested could be used by swapmeet patrons.