Under the Pines market raises $15K

The Port Neill Under the Pines market committee are hailing their 2020 event a success, raising about $15,000 for additional playground equipment on the foreshore.

The January 4 markets this year had 15 food and 30 general stalls, three live music acts, kids activities and new merchandise, and committee chairperson Sue Pfitzner said numbers were up despite the drizzly weather.

"It was a great turnout, we believe more than ever before," she said.

"We're now saying 2000 to 3000 people."

She said the increase in people to the market meant most of the stalls sold out, but that it wasn't a bad thing given stallholders were community groups and small businesses.

"It's been totally positive...we've heard nothing but great news.

"We didn't have too many issues in the background which can sometimes happen...the stallholders said it all ran smoothly."

The committee used entry donations and their merchandise store as their main fundraisers, selling jumpers, t-shirts, bags, tumblers, and vintage coolers branded with the Port Neill logo.

Mrs Pfitzner said every year the money goes towards community resources.

"$15k was raised from the proceeds on the night, which is going toward additional playground equipment," she said.

"It's amazing how passionate people are about Port Neill...it's obviously a motivator for buying something with the name on it."

She said they also raised funds for the Bendigo Bank and Salvation Army bushfire appeals.