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Willunga Farmers Market’s AGM: Meet the nominees

Join us to explore the future of your market.

Wednesday 9 September

6:30pm Waverley Homestead, Willunga

The Willunga Farmers Market AGM is being held on WED 9th September and this year we will have an election for all vacant positions; 1 stallholder position and 2 community member positions.

AGM: Wed 9 Sept, 6:30pm for 7pm start, Waverly Homestead, Willunga

As per our constitution, all members are eligible to vote but to do so they need to attend the AGM. All members can also carry 1 (one) proxy vote from current market members.

If you are unable to attend and wish to vote, please print the back page of this edition of the Forager and detach the proxy voting form. Your vote can then be lodged at the AGM by another attending member.

If you wish to vote please ensure your membership is current.

2015 Willunga Farmers Market Board Member Nominees

We had a quick chat with our Board Member Nominees so you can get to know them a little better.

Come and hear more about them and their experiences  before voting takes place at the AGM,
Wed 9 September, Waverley Homestead, St Peters Tce Willunga.

Q1. Why are you standing for a position on the Board?

Q2. What do you hope to achieve in your tenure as a Board Member if you were elected?

Stallholder nominees:

Ben Heath (Najobe Park Red Angus Beef)

A1. I’m standing for a position on the Board because I’d like to be more involved with that side of the market. I feel that being a farmer and selling at farmers markets for 7 years I have something to contribute and would be a good addition to the farmers market board.

A2. I would like to keep the market positive, see growth and to keep it moving. To carry it into the future. I’d like to be involved in any restructure of the market, when hot foods are introduced, and keep it real, as an evolving market. Just to be part of something positive and to bring young enthusiasm.

Brendan Lineage (Sunshine Ice Blocks),

A1. To give something back to the market and to offer my services to the community. And I’m interested in it.

A2. To represent the market in general and to improve on whatever needs to be done. I don’t have any set goal as to what needs to be done at the moment as I don’t really know what’s going on in the background. I’m pretty much coming into it with an open mind. I think I could represent value add stallholders.

Rebecca Moore (From Humble Grounds)

A1. I’ve always wanted to join the board as it’s always been in my heart to be involved in the farmers market so I can truly uphold the ethos of the market, and help the public to get excited about the quality and variety of produce. Particularly I’m quite passionate about educating the younger people in the community so that they better understand the importance of farmers, how to farm and how to utilize the produce as well. I just like the community spirit, it’s like a big family to me.

A2. It depends on some of the issues that are being brought up and the direction the market is trying to go in. I have a young perspective, and growing up on the Fleurieu I feel I understand the people and their stories and I don’t want to see that get lost. I have ideas I’d like to see implemented, like having some wooden street sign posts directing customers to stalls and having a dedicated face to the market. We need someone to be a maitre de, who supports management,  interacts with customers and helps people so customers know who to speak to eg what’s in season and available on the day. I would like to help create more collaboration between stalls and business to generate more financial gain throughout the market. I hope to encourage more networking evenings between stallholders and the community.

Community nominees:

Adam McInerney

A1. I’m new to the area, we have just relocated to McLaren Vale from the city. I am keen to get involved in the community and see this as the perfect opportunity to do so.

A2. I’d like to see the market continue to develop and grow. I am passionate about food and where it comes from, so promoting that is very important to me. I would love the opportunity to be a part of the future of the market and help promote all things Fleurieu Peninsula.

 Bronwyn Busbridge

A1. I was a stallholder for 11 years and became a community member this year. It was really interesting to be there as a shopper for the first time and having my shopper eyes on. I saw a couple of changes that could be made, just simple changes. And I want to see it continue to thrive. With my experience and current Board positions on Fleurieu Food and McLaren Vale Harvest Festival there’s a lot that I can bring to the table, so to speak.

A2. I guess it would be to see the market continue to thrive. No matter how good anything is, there’s always room for improvement. As a past stallholder, past WFM committee member and now a shopper that gives me a really broad experience at the market. I can see lots of different points of views, from the shoppers to the stallholders.

Liz Packer

A1. I’m standing because I think the market is a wonderful thing and I’d like to be a part of it in some way. I’ve had a portfolio career and have skills that might be valuable. I maintain a professional interest in all things related to food.

A2. To maintain and develop the success of the market. It’s a fantastic thing. I’ve only been living down south for a year but I’d like to make a contribution to the community.

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