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Caloundra Chamber of Commerce to run new farmers market at Aura

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The developer of a booming masterplanned community has announced plans to open a new farmers market.

Stockland has appointed the Caloundra Chamber of Commerce – which has run markets in Caloundra for 22 years – as market operators for the custom-built site at Aura.

With an expected opening date of mid-year, the Aura Farmers Market at Caloundra South will feature up to 80 market stalls, operating each Saturday from 7am until noon, providing a range of fresh local produce, take-home delicacies, food trucks, beverages and live music.

In addition to the weekend market, the Caloundra Chamber of Commerce will also operate the Aura Twilight Market, featuring a bar, food trucks and entertainment from 4pm until 8pm on the first Friday of each month.

The Aura Farmers Market and Twilight Market will be located on Central Avenue near the Aura Sales Centre and Display Village, and there will be opportunities for community groups to utilise the space on non-market days.

The markets will also provide one site free of charge to an Aura home-based business on a rotating schedule.

Stockland Aura project director Josh Sondergeld said the developer was thrilled to announce the addition of new markets.

“These Aura markets will serve as more than just places to purchase food and wares, they’ll be vibrant community spaces where residents can catch up and support regional producers,” Mr Sondergeld said.

“We’re excited to see the positive impact the Aura Farmers Market will have on our local economy, empowering small-scale producers, supporting local Aura home-based businesses and fostering a culture of sustainability.

“We look forward to transforming the site over the next couple of months, in preparation for the official launch.”

The Aura community at Caloundra South will eventually be home to 50,000 people.

Caloundra Chamber of Commerce general manager Rosina Harris said the markets were welcome additions to the chamber’s existing portfolio of successful markets.

“We are delighted to be appointed as the operator for these two markets and look forward to bringing the much-loved market experience to the Stockland Aura community,” Ms Harris said.

“As operators of the Caloundra Markets, which deliver the Caloundra Street Fair, Currimundi Lake Twilight Market and the Caloundra Twilight Market, we know first-hand the benefits markets bring to local communities.

“Markets not only offer access to fresh local produce and great food, but they also showcase local artisans, musicians and entertainers, and create a strong sense of community and an opportunity for people to connect.

“These new markets will be a perfect addition to the already thriving Aura community and we look forward to sharing more about the stallholders as we get closer to our opening day.”

Find out further information on the markets and the upcoming launch activities on the Aura Farmers Markets Facebook page.

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