Providing a vital space for local craftspeople
SPRING has sprung, and with it comes a chance to pop into the Sarina Arts and Crafts Centre to check out its range of unique handmade goods.
Bags, purses, hats and scarves feature among the offerings in the spring display, which will be available for the month of September.
Not only is the work high quality, but you are guaranteed every item is 100 per cent locally handmade and therefore unique.
Secretary Rhonda Payne said the Arts and Crafts Centre was proud to stock only the products of the many talented craftspeople in the Sarina and wider Mackay areas.
“Our crafters have many years of experience at knitting, sewing, weaving and many other handicrafts which we have brought together at the Arts and Crafts Centre,” she said.
“Our centre is entirely voluntarily run and was established with the support of Mackay Regional Council in 1995 as an outlet to market the products of the crafters of our region and as a visitor information centre.
“The centre is a complex made up of three beautiful historic buildings — the Sarina Courthouse and Watch-house built in 1901 and the old Mt Pelion School, which dates from 1926.
“The crafters and other volunteers give their time to keep the centre open every day of the year apart from public holidays.
“Our centre has won two gold awards from Mackay Tourism — in 2015 for heritage buildings and 2018 for volunteer organisations.”
The centre is situated next-door to the new Mackay Region Visitor Information Centre at the former Sarina Railway Station, which caters to visitors throughout Australia and overseas.
“We know we have many visitors who make a point of stopping at the Arts and Crafts Centre to check out our range, as they have been here before and know that we stock quality goods,” Mrs Payne said.
The centre is open 9am-5pm Monday to Saturday and 9am-1pm Sundays. You can contact the centre on 49430598 or check out its Facebook page Sarina Community Art and Craft.