Debates Day 4 - Tuesday 9 May 2017
Parliamentary Record 5
Debates for 13th Assembly 2016 - 2018; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 13th Assembly 2016 - 2020
pp 1623 to 1686
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DEBATES Tuesday 9 May 2017 1684 Ms AH KIT (Karama): Mr Deputy Speaker, tonight I deliver an adjournment on the opening night of the 2017 season of the Malak Marketplace. It was amazing to see more than 3000 people turn up to support Darwins newest and most innovative market on the scene, the Malak Marketplace, on Saturday 29 April, between the hours of 4 pm and 9 pm. The General Manager of the Malak Marketplace, Lina Paselli, believes the success of opening night was due in part to the NT Governments investment of a $20 000 grant, which helped the project team promote the market through flyer distribution, banner advertising, TV and radio interviews, newspaper articles, listings in print media, websites, social media pages, the newsletter Market Life, and even the foodies festival Territory Taste. In its first year of operation the Malak Marketplace made a significant difference to the community. More than just a night market, the Malak Marketplace activated a space in a community that was not always recognised for its positive contributions. The Malak Marketplace is unique in the city of markets. It has a strong emphasis on sustainable farming practices, organic products and environmental sustainability. This year the market banned the use of plastic and allowed the use of biodegradable packaging only. From its opening back in 2015 the market banned soft drinks in favour of more healthy homemade beverages, including organic iced tea, lemonade and tonics. The Malak Marketplace management teams top cleaneating food stalls and lifestyle/health stallholders are committed to educating the community about organic produce and products. This awareness was promoted at the recent Territory Taste Festival, where Malak Marketplace not only exhibited but hosted four sell-out clean eating master classes, something I am sure I could use. Stallholders also held information and cookery workshops during the Wet Season. The Malak Marketplace encourages the community and market goers to educate themselves about the food they eat and methods used to grow, transport and prepare it. The market has produced specific signage and labels for all its farmers stalls to prompt people to get to know local farmer and growers and know what questions to ask of them. Malak Marketplace partnered with Slow Food Darwin and Top End, and throughout the market season will host cooking classes. Both projects have shared values and visions of linking the pleasure of good food with a commitment to community and the environment. The Malak Marketplaces management team of passionate volunteers have worked tirelessly to create high standards for the market. The team has carefully chosen the best like-minded and local food health/lifestyle and arts and craft stall holders to help support the markets values and long-term vision. This season the Malak Marketplace welcomed 11 new local businesses, with several preferring to operate exclusively as part of the Malak Marketplace. These businesses choose to do this, as the marketplace aligns with their values and vision of eating and using fresh, Territory-grown produce and organic ingredients wherever possible. The marketplace draws on its surrounding community to present a truly multicultural event. Many stalls feature unique multicultural fusion cuisine that uses local produce and organic products. The combination is award-winning and part of the marketplaces unique signature. It continues to celebrate cultural diversity every market night. This year Malak Marketplaces art and craft space, championed by grassroots arts organisation Darwin Community Arts, provides Territory artists with a unique area from which to showcase and sell their work. Each market offers a huge choice of quality food, fresh farmers produce, health and lifestyle products, arts, crafts and live entertainment. There are plenty of tables and chairs for easy dining and relaxing. This years market evenings include a new happy hour between 4 pm and 5 pm, where special kid-sized plates are served at kids prices. There is weekly yoga, new monthly market tours, cooking classes, a free area for community organisations, and art exhibitions. As part of its commitment to community education, Malak Marketplace is also promoting community educational events, such as the Mad Food Science family event, and a screening of That Sugar Film, both of which aim to encourage people to move to healthier, more nutritious diets.
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