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Market helps fund $292,000 in local grants

It is always feels particularly great to be back at Camberwell on Sunday following a lockdown. The sights, smells, sound and tactile nature of browsing the market are a sensory delight. It makes us appreciate the simple things in life we can so easily take for granted: the simple pleasure of a stroll through the market can lift the spirit.

Sometimes is is easy to forget that the simple act of gathering for the market is in itself an act of generosity. Visitors know their gold coin donations go to worthy projects and charities through Rotary, but, in addition to entry donations, stall fees generate funds that also support a wide variety causes.

One such initiative is the Market’s contribution to the Annual Community Strengthening Grants program of the City of Boroondara. The grant program provides up to $10,000 in financial support for new, one-off projects and equipment costs associated with delivering projects and the Boroondara’s community.

The grants are the result of a unique partnership between the Rotary Club of Balwyn and the City of Boroondara, made possible by Rotary’s Camberwell Sunday Market and the community of Boroondara. A percentage of the stall fees from the market is distributed through the Annual Community Strengthening Grants.

Total funding available each year is subject to variation, depending on Council’s annual budget allocation and the contribution of the Rotary Club of Balwyn. In 2020/21 the Council recommended 61 grants totalling $292,405.07. This would not be lpossible without the visitors and stallholders to Camberwell Market… thank you!

Click HERE to see the list of grant projects recommended for funding. The list of community groups and organisations supported in the 2020/21 allocation include:

  • Alfred Road Kindergarten
  • Ashburton Bowls Club Inc
  • Ashburton Community Centre
  • Ashburton Traders Association
  • Ashburton Uniting Church Tennis Club
  • Australian Iranian Society of Victoria (AISOV)
  • AVA Boroondara Senior Citizens Group Inc
  • Balwyn Community Centre
  • Balwyn Cricket Club
  • Balwyn Evergreen Centre
  • Barking Spider Visual Theatre
  • Boroondara Stroke Support Group Inc
  • Camberwell Community Centre Inc
  • Camberwell Kindergarten and Childcare Inc
  • Camberwell Petanque Club Inc
  • Canterbury Area Toy Library
  • Chinese Seniors Cultural Association Inc
  • Circular Economy Victoria
  • Community Music Victoria
  • Connected Community HackerSpace Inc
  • Craig Family CentreDance for Parkinson’s Camberwell
  • Earth Crusaders Incorporated
  • Greythorn Traders Association
  • Hartwell Tennis Club Inc
  • Hawthorn Amateur Football Club (HAFC)
  • Hawthorn and Kew Bands Inc (Glenferrie Brass)
  • Hawthorn Artists Society
  • Hawthorn Citizens Youth Club – Calisthenics Section
  • Hawthorn Tennis Club
  • Horizontes PWC
  • Kew Historical Society Incorporated
  • Kew Home of Chinese
  • Kew Junction Business Association
  • Kew Toy Library Inc
  • Maling Road Business Association (MRBA)
  • Melbourne Comhaltas Inc
  • Mens Probus Club of Surrey Hills Inc
  • Mind Australia
  • Mont Albert North Probus Club Inc
  • NCJW (Vic) The Social Support Trust
  • Pied Piper Toy Library Inc
  • Probus Club of Chatham Inc
  • Probus Club of Greythorn Inc
  • Probus Club of Maling Combined Inc
  • Probus Club of North Balwyn Inc
  • Riversdale Soccer Club Inc.
  • South Yarra Football Netball Club
  • South Yarra Junior Football Club
  • St Stephens Greythorn Cricket Club
  • Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre Inc
  • Swinburne Amateur Football Club
  • The Boite Vic Inc
  • The North Balwyn Village Traders’ Association
  • The Probus Club of Balwyn Central Inc
  • The Probus Club of Kew
  • The Scout Association of Australia, Victorian Branch
  • Trentwood at the Hub
  • Victorian YMCA Community Programming – Junction Skate and BMX Park
  • Villa Alba Museum Incorporated

Covid19 Update

Good morning! Like you, we are closely monitoring the latest Covid19 developments. The Market will be proceeding only based on the latest health advice and after consultation with Council. At this point additional focus will be on ‘checking in’ using the Market QR code. Stay safe and stay tuned to us on social media or at – we will update if any additional measures are to be implemented.

COVID19Safe restrictions eased

In line with the easing of State COVID19 public health measures, Council has agreed to lift some measures of our COVIDSafe Plan.

Entry to the Market as a seller or patron is conditional on you complying with our COVIDSafe Plan, as approved by Council, and available on our website. However, Council has agreed to ease these restrictions as of Sunday 28 March 2021:

✅ Most importantly:
• Wearing a face mask is now optional
• Maintain 1.5 metres distance from others where possible
• Use hand sanitiser and maintain good hygiene
• Use our QR code on entry if possible

🚫 Do not attend the market if you are unwell, have arrived in Victoria from interstate or overseas in the last 14 days or been in contact with anyone COVID19.

⚠️ FAQs:
• Will the market be open next weekend? YES! The market will be open to the public 7am – 12:30pm every Sunday until December 2021, with the exception of being closed ANZAC Day Sunday 25 April 2021.

• Are any stalls available to be re-let on the day? NO. Prior to COVID19, any stalls not used were re-let on Sundays before 6:30am. Re-let stalls are no longer av

Market closed ANZAC Day 2021

The Camberwell Sunday Market Board and Market Management have decided, due to the significance of ANZAC DAY and honouring the ANZACs, that the Market will not be held on Sunday the 25th of April 2021, ANZAC DAY.

Any stallholders who have a booking for the 25th of April will be receiving a full refund. The statement Reference will be Rotary Club of Balwyn, and all refunds will be processed over the next 3 days.

The month of June has been opened for bookings and we apologise for any inconvenience.


The Cenotaph at Camberwell RSL

Global recycling day

Celebrating Global Recycling Day – thank you for being part of our community that has been recycling secondhand goods for 45 years! We are proud to have provided that special space, place and time each Sunday where anyone has the opportunity to sell their good and anyone, from anywhere, has the opportunity to purchase used items and handmade arcticles, often made themselves from recycled materials.

In the process of providing a regular weekly forum for recycling household and other goods, we’ve raised millions of dollars for charities and worthy causes along the way… and had a heck of a wonderful time in the process.

Who would have thought recycling, helping the planet, reducing waste, ‘saving’ a 30 year old toy, vase or magazine from landfill would created something bigger than itself. Together, everyone makes Sunday Market special – more than just recycling – it’s a community that exists for that one moment in time every Sunday, where we enjoy it so much, we even forget we are recycling. We are preventing landfill. We saving pieces of history. We are raising money for those in need. We love recycling so much we don’t even know we do it anymore!

Thank you for making such an important part of a sustainable world so much fun! Hope to see you Sunday!