Belgrave Big Dreams Market www.belgravebigdreams.org.au

 

UPDATE ON BELGRAVE BIG DREAMS MARKET  30th June, 2019

Belgrave Big Dreams Market  has gone gangbusters since its debut at Belgrave Lake Park and now happens every second Sunday from 9am until 2pm in the grounds of St Thomas More Primary School, Reynolds Lane, Belgrave.  This is an all-weather market, fun and dog-friendly, a great meeting place  for locals and visitors like.  We are there with our SDLG stall selling retro pottery to fundraise for local projects,  to promote Boomerang Bags and veggie bags to rid the Hills of plastic and to provide local environmental information.  Come and say hello.

Southern Dandenongs Landcare Group was very pleased to participate in the inaugural Belgrave Big Dreams Market when it was held at Belgrave Lake Park as it occured right in the middle of our catchment area. See below for the history of this lovely community market

We ran our usual environmental education stall and were delighted to meet many new residents.  Friends of Belgrave Lake Park, the small group assisting Yarra Ranges Council and Melbourne Water to care for Monbulk Creek in this Council managed reserve, held their monthly working bee to coincide with this lovely little market.

It was far too hot and dry to plant, so we removed ground ivy instead and gave out plenty of community information about environmental weeds and the preservation of local bio-diversity.  We made sure that we replaced the ivy with mulch in the form of sticks and leaves to preserve what little remnant moisture there is and to prevent soil erosion when it eventually rains.

There have been resident complaints about parking at this market so the organisers have been asked to reconsider the market location.  Parking officers issued parking infringement notices which really doesn't do much for community development!  Dee arranged a shuttle bus from Belgrave for the February market which was their third. We at Southern Dandenongs Landcare Group and Friends of Belgrave Lake Park are saddened by this situation for several reasons.  The first is that Belgrave Lake Park is a wonderful venue for a community market with lots of space for parking if parking and residents' concerns are given due consideration.  This lovely Reserve showcases the local environment which is why many people visit the Dandenongs.  It is a family, dog and wildlife friendly venue, an exercise in community co-operation and the sharing of increasingly scarce community resources.  It is  refreshing to be able to attend an open-air market in natural surroundings with no concrete or bitumen, with picnic and barbeque facilities, a flat walking track, seating, a well-maintained and enclosed children's playground and a bus service nearby.

There areU several walking tracks that lead from Belgrave to Belgrave Lake Park - some more challenging than others.  These tracks could be upgraded to give younger/fitter visitors to our area an alternative recreational opportunity and would lessen the pressures on Grants Picnic Ground in Kallista.  Belgrave township currently  has very little to offer in terms of activities in the natural environment.  Alternatively, the Belgrave South bus has a stop at Judkins Avenue which is  short walk to the Reserve.

Thirdly, Belgrave Lake Park has a rich aboriginal, natural and cultural heritage.  Southern Dandenongs Landcare Group recently installed an educational sign about our local platypus population.  Other information boards explaining the area's history could  be part of a self-guided walking tour to complement the existing Belgrave tour.    

The final reason we think the market should stay is to build on the momentum, stall-holder and customer base already established at Belgrave Lake Park.

 Friends of Belgrave Lake Park will still meet on the second Sunday of each month as long as the market continues at Belgrave Lake Park.  We will be there from 9-30 to 12-30 pm and all equipment is supplied.  Children are very welcome.  Restoring degraded habitat for wildlife is a pleasant  pastime and the health benefits to the environment , community and the volunteer are many.  

to care for Monbulk Creek in this Council managed reserve, held their monthly working bee to coincide with this lovely little market. It was far too hot and dry to plant, so we removed ground ivy instead. We made sure that we replaced the ivy with mulch in ehe form of sticks and leaves to preserve what little remnant moisture there is and to prevent soil erosion when it eventually rains. There have been resident complaints about parking at this market so the organisers have been asked to reconsider the market location. Parking officers issued parking infringement notices which really doesn't do much for community development! We at Southern Dandenongs Landcare Group are saddened by this development for a couple of reasons. The first is that Belgrave Lake Park is a wonderful venue for a community market with lots of space for parking if given due considertion. It showcases the local environment which is what many people visit the Dandenongs to experience.