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The push for the Gungahlin hand-made market

By johnboy - 19 July 2008 15

[First filed: July 16, 2008 @ 22:31]

Canberra’s Got Style is attempting to launch a jihad to get approval for a genuine handmade market to run in Gungahlin’s Linear Park.

    Handmade Market, ear-marked for Linear Park in Gungahlin (perfect use of space!), plans to bring gorgeous handmade goodies, in the style of ETSY – with an emphasis on style (so you know, I’m all for it!). Jumping through hoops to make it happen is Julie Nichols, jewelery maker and Gungahlin local, who also wants the market to also raise money for Motor Neurone Disease Australia. Julie has town planners, council and local Govt members on her side, so what is the hold up? The Chief Minister’s ok… So COME ON JON… give it the green light…

Anyone who’s sick of seeing the same Chinese mass produced tatt being bootlegged at the other markets around town should be right behind this, and why can’t Gungahlin have something good for once?

So what’s the hold-up Chief Minister?

Those with blogspot accounts can make a statement of support over on CGS.

UPDATED: Jonathan Reynolds reckons the holdup is with Mr. Hargreaves.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Jacqui Burke has leapt adroitly upon the bandwagon by announcing her support for the markets.

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The push for the Gungahlin hand-made market
Handmademarket 10:43 am 07 Aug 08

Please contact me @ either http://www.handmademarket.com.au or info@handmademarket.com.au

I would love to hear from you.

Cheers

fabforty 6:47 pm 24 Jul 08

Handmademarket said :

Thanks to everyone for all the interesting comments & support.

I have put a lot of time and thought into the planning of this market. I have been disappointed with the lack of originality at other markets in the ACT and surrounding districts and want to offer local designers & artists an opportunity to showcase their original, handmade designs. This is a similar philosophy to Etsy as in handmade or designed but with a human element that can be very rewarding to the designer & shopper. This will be set out very clearly in the application process and then followed up at every market.

Being a local resident I am also aware of the need for something special at Gungahlin if it is to stand out from other local community town centres. The market will also look to support local community groups and schools etc in providing free sites for fundraising and local awareness. The town centre will have an opportunity to become the meeting place for everyone at not only Handmade Market but also at the Community run markets.

The Handmade markets are not about putting any one or any other event down, it is not about politics, it is not about making millions of dollars it is about what I saw as missing in the community and doing something about it! Just like any one else can. Please don’t make more of it than that.

I am very interested to hear from everyone who has great ideas about what they would like to see at this market.

Cheers and thanks again everyone

I belong to a small local craft group who may be interested in your market. How can I contact you ?

Pesty 6:22 pm 24 Jul 08

Woody Mann-Caruso said :

why can’t Gungahlin have something good for once?

Because they’re cursed. Until they return the last piece of Inca gold, they’re doomed to dwell in enormous but tasteless cells on tiny blocks of land, wander endless mazes of narrow roads and say things they don’t really mean like “We’re just as good as anywhere else in Canberra – we’ve got a Big W.”

jealousy is so ugly.

Handmademarket 5:01 pm 24 Jul 08

Thanks to everyone for all the interesting comments & support.

I have put a lot of time and thought into the planning of this market. I have been disappointed with the lack of originality at other markets in the ACT and surrounding districts and want to offer local designers & artists an opportunity to showcase their original, handmade designs. This is a similar philosophy to Etsy as in handmade or designed but with a human element that can be very rewarding to the designer & shopper. This will be set out very clearly in the application process and then followed up at every market.

Being a local resident I am also aware of the need for something special at Gungahlin if it is to stand out from other local community town centres. The market will also look to support local community groups and schools etc in providing free sites for fundraising and local awareness. The town centre will have an opportunity to become the meeting place for everyone at not only Handmade Market but also at the Community run markets.

The Handmade markets are not about putting any one or any other event down, it is not about politics, it is not about making millions of dollars it is about what I saw as missing in the community and doing something about it! Just like any one else can. Please don’t make more of it than that.

I am very interested to hear from everyone who has great ideas about what they would like to see at this market.

Cheers and thanks again everyone

Gungahlin Al 5:49 pm 21 Jul 08

Partially correct Genie. The Gungahlin Regional Community Service do run a markets and are looking at going fortnightly in the new linear park area.

The new proposal would also run fortnightly – on the other weekends from the GRCS one, so would dovetail well.

As a strictly local hand crafts market, it would not cross over with local retailers, and I think would more likely aid local retailers by bringing more people into Gungahlin who might otherwise go further afield.

As for commercial, running a good market takes full-time effort. GRCS is a community organisation, but have paid staff who coordinate their market. This new market would be run by the proponent (Julie her name is) on a full time basis, and she has explained she would pay herself a wage, then additional revenue would be distributed to a selection of charitable causes.

I don’t see much difference between the two models, and neither did our meeting when Julie put forward her proposal (and at which Andrew Barr was present when he was “acting Hargreaves” – i.e. the responsible Minister. Reps from GRCS were also present at that meeting, as were some retailers and one Shopping Centre Manager.

With appropriate controls written into her permit, GCC sees no reason the two markets (and static retails) can’t co-exist symbiotically. It just needs who.ever is holding it up in TaMS to get their butt in gear.

Genie 6:45 pm 18 Jul 08

There currently is a handmade/craft market held at Gungahlin, on the 4th Saturday of every month in this location. They are in the process to make it fortnightly. This market is operated by the Community Centre.

As far as I’m aware this person has made an application for a COMMERCIAL market. To be held on the opposite fortnights to the current market.

emd 2:00 pm 17 Jul 08

utah said :

Etsy’s a website, so if you’re selling “Etsy-styled” goods, why not just sell them on Etsy?

Because not everyone wants to buy stuff on the internet. Some people enjoy the sense of community in going to a physical place like a market and meeting the maker in person. And it’s nice to bump into your neighbours while you’re there (even more so when you discover they’re a stallholder and have a real talent at creating things).

If we can afford to have a bland, tasteless shopping mall in every district of the city, why not another craft market or two?

p1 11:56 am 17 Jul 08

I had never heard of an Etsy before now, but having heard of it, I would much rather buy something handmade in person. That said, if people think that Gun-ga-lin need a market such as this, who cares? I am unlikely to be there when they on.

utah 11:02 am 17 Jul 08

Etsy’s a website, so if you’re selling “Etsy-styled” goods, why not just sell them on Etsy?

Woody Mann-Caruso 10:00 am 17 Jul 08

why can’t Gungahlin have something good for once?

Because they’re cursed. Until they return the last piece of Inca gold, they’re doomed to dwell in enormous but tasteless cells on tiny blocks of land, wander endless mazes of narrow roads and say things they don’t really mean like “We’re just as good as anywhere else in Canberra – we’ve got a Big W.”

Battle_Kath 9:46 am 17 Jul 08

Don’t they already have the Hall markets.. which is just past Gungahlin?

Thumper 8:17 am 17 Jul 08

Why doesn’t John Hargreaves just come out and state that he simply hates Gungahlin? I’d love to see the prick be honest for once.

Oh come on JB, that’s a tagline if ever I’ve seen one…

cmdwedge 6:28 am 17 Jul 08

Why doesn’t John Hargreaves just come out and state that he simply hates Gungahlin? I’d love to see the prick be honest for once.

Jonathon Reynolds 11:12 pm 16 Jul 08

The issue was covered at both the June and July Gungahlin Community Council public meetings, which thanks to the magic of the internet are available for viewing online 24×7:

July: http://gcc.asn.au/content/view/573/258/
June: http://gcc.asn.au/content/view/565/258/

The problem actually lies with John Hargreaves and TAMS, not Stanhope.

Jonathon Reynolds
Vice President – Gungahlin Community Council

I-filed 10:43 pm 16 Jul 08

The trouble is, ‘hand-made’ gets corrupted. Look at the Kingston Markets – that was supposed to be handmade goods, under contract with the ACT Government. One stallholder whose stall was entirely stocked with unethical clothing imported from Asia, dyed a single handful of scarves in a tub and used that as her ‘hand-made’ ‘legitimacy’. Another stallholder imported jewellery, marked it up 1000 per cent, and handmade 0.5 per cent of her turnover. I don’t know how you would prevent this ‘etsy’ approach from going down the same path …

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