Community-minded committee helping raise funds

Community effort: Sue Pfitzner, Hannah Lienert, Hannah Woolford, Teesh Masters, Josie Hannan, Abby Harris, Lauren Hannemann, Deb Kitson and Amie-Lee Elson at the 2018 Under the Pines Twilight Market.
Community effort: Sue Pfitzner, Hannah Lienert, Hannah Woolford, Teesh Masters, Josie Hannan, Abby Harris, Lauren Hannemann, Deb Kitson and Amie-Lee Elson at the 2018 Under the Pines Twilight Market.

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In 2016 two young mums came up with the idea to hold a twilight market to help raise funds for a community van, to encourage locals to send their kids to school in Port Neill, giving parents more schooling options and helping create jobs.

The idea took off, and now in its third year the Under the Pines Twilight Market continues to be successful and is helping raise funds for the continued development of the Port Neill Foreshore this year.

Around 2000-3000 people are expected to attend to sample some delicious food and explore more than 50 stalls from a range of Eyre Peninsula based small businesses and community organisations.

Under the Pines Twilight Market Committee chairperson Sue Pfitzner said the previous two markets have been a great success with plenty of people coming to Port Neill for a holiday after Christmas and the busy harvest season.

“It’s quite incredible to see the lawn completely covered by all ages, enjoying the picturesque setting and the relaxed atmosphere with local acoustic music playing in the background,” she said.

“I am really looking forward to the next event, this is the best committee I have ever worked with.”

“Keep liking our Facebook and Instagram pages to keep up to date with everything that will be happening.”

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The committee will be selling their famous hessian tote bags for $15 at the event along with some new release fundraising items. There will be live music at the markets with home-grown artists Brooke Newton, Sam Barlow and more performing.

Along with music, there will also be a jumping castle, face painting, Clydesdale cart rides, surf tuition try sessions and the Football Club will be holding a golf competition on the beach.

The Bowling Club will be open for fish and chips, bar facilities and a barefoot bowls competition.

“We want everyone to come along and enjoy the newly revamped foreshore and raise funds to continue to improve the area for the community,” said Sue.

“We would like to thank all of our sponsors who have contributed to the past markets and the one coming.”

The market will take place on Friday, January 4 under the pines at Port Neill foreshore from 4pm.

Please note the road will be closed between the hotel and the pines, with no vehicle access from noon.

It’s quite incredible to see the lawn completely covered by all ages.

Under the Pines Twilight Market Committee chairperson Sue Pfitzner
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