New markets make mark at Waterlea Walloon

An exciting new weekend market offering everything from fresh produce to handcrafted items is on this weekend at Waterlea Walloon.

The Walloon Markets, held on the first Sunday of every month from 8am to 11am, are off to a flying start with the next event on 2 February at 62 Rohl Road.

With face painting for the children, coffee and a charity-run sausage sizzle on offer, the markets promise an entertaining start to the day for the whole family.

Waterlea Development Manager James Betts said the markets were a welcome addition to the thriving new community.

“This is an ideal opportunity for new neighbours and residents of the wider Walloon region to come together, take in our beautiful surrounds and enjoy a little bargain hunting,’’ he said.

“When families have done their shopping, we encourage them to stay on and explore two great playgrounds nearby in Captain John Rea Park and the Henry Lawson Bicentennial Park.”

Organiser Chantel Jackson said with well over 30 stallholders already registered for the February event, she hoped to grow the markets substantially within the coming months.

“I intend to move into Waterlea and this is one way in which I can help it continue to evolve into a fantastic place to live,” Miss Jackson said.

“The stalls offer a wide selection of items, including handcrafted candles, jewellery, clothing as well as essential oils, soaps, honey, and home-made preserves, jams and pickles.”

Waterlea is close to shops, schools, employment, the Ipswich Hospital and the Walloon train station.

The community will eventually have about 1,800 homes, a village hub with cafe, childcare centre, five parks and 2.4 kilometres of walking and cycling paths.

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