FAMILY FRIENDLY: Children enjoy games on the grass at BAM this month.
FAMILY FRIENDLY: Children enjoy games on the grass at BAM this month. Mike Richards

BAM a volunteer success story, celebrating fourth year

CELEBRATED Tannum Sands market Beach, Arts and Music (BAM) turned four on the weekend.

The market, which is at Millennium Espl and takes place every month, was established in May 2010.

People at the market were loving the relaxed atmosphere on Sunday.

"I love the different stalls and all the colour," Monique Ward said.

Linda Strickland said she enjoyed seeing the market grow.

"It's great how it gives young amateur musicians a chance to perform," she said.

Darlena Waaka said she liked to shop for clothes at BAM, where she found a better range than in Gladstone shops.

"I'm surprised by the variety," she said.

Organisers said BAM had grown from 20 stalls to about 100.

"I think it's absolutely fabulous," said organiser Cecily Burkett, from Boyne Tannum Arts Business Community Association.

"I'm very proud of it.

"We've had people there who've been in from day one."

Ms Burkett attributed the success of the market to organisers' commitment to good relationships with stallholders, and to quality products.

"We're very fussy who we get," she said.

"We like to think it's a high-quality standard of goods for sale.

"We don't want any overseas trash, and we make that very clear."

Most stallholders are local people.

"About 20% come from places like Bundaberg and Gin Gin," she said.

BAM is organised by a handful of volunteers.



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