Market Operation Suspended due to COVID-19 concerns

The Ballarat Market suspension continues,

and we will not be open this Sunday.

We realise that there is a severe economic impact on the stallholders, our suppliers, the Rotary Club of Ballarat South and its community service. The Ballarat Market must operate in a COVD safe way to protect all; public, stallholders and volunteers.


The market committee has planned for the resumption of the market and will be able to reopen the market at short notice once the restrictions are sufficiently relaxed and we consider the market’s operations to be safe to all.

There are changes to site booking and there will cashless transactions. The market will be operated so that social distancing is achievable. Sanitising stations and notices re COVID safe practices will be installed at strategic locations.

There will be entry and exit control to the pavilions and we may need to limit the number of people on the whole site to avoid the crowding experienced at other markets.

The re-opening was planned for mid-July when the reduction of restrictions meant we could operate successfully. As restrictions have not been relaxed the 20-person limit per enclosed space means we cannot effectively run the pavilions.

Now that suburbs have been locked down in Melbourne it is prudent to continue the suspension to reduce the possibility of the market spreading the infection. We do not want to open the market and close it again as has happened with other markets.

Things are in place to open the market once restrictions are lifted and we consider it safe to do so. We see this as a great opportunity to streamline to operations of the market and enhance the offering to the stallholders and public.

Once the opening date is set, we will let all stallholders, public and volunteers know the detail of the changes and the new way we will have to run the market. With the help of all we expect to make the market reopening a success.

For updates on the situation please return to this website or the Ballarat Market Facebook Page, https://www.facebook.com/marketballarat/ .

Formation of the Rotary Club of Ballarat South

The Rotary Club of ballarat South was chartered on 31st July 1967.

The Grand Opening of The Trash 'n' Trivia market

On the 18th November 1979 the gates opened for the first Trash 'n' Trivia market with four stalls.

The market is a success

At the end of the first Rotary year of operation the market had 36 stall holders and raised over $3500 for community projects. The future of the market looked rosy.

Rebranding of Trash 'n' Trivia

The market had become so much more than Trash 'n' Trivia so in xxxxxx the market was re-branded to "The Ballarat Market"

The Ballarat Market continues to change

Many thousands of people visit the market each year to pick up bargains and hard to get items. The Market is a also place to socialise and is a Sunday morning outing for many.   The market has changed over the years and will continue to do so as shopping habits change. The emphais of the market will be on items not easily sourced elsewhere, fresh produce, plants, etc., and will not forget its genesis as the Trash 'n' Trivia market.