Sydney Markets generosity helps a Community in need



Lowood is a delightful town in the Somerset Region, at the southern end of the beautiful Brisbane Valley. In January 2011, the Queensland floods innundated homes, farms, roads and bridges across the district. Since then, local infrastructure has been repaired and most flood-affected homes are now re-occupied however the community is still in need after being so badly affected by the floods.

The Sydney Markets Foundation heard of this community in crisis and wanted to do something to help the Lowood community. A specially modified bus is being donated by the Sydney Markets Foundation to the Lowood community to provide transport services for locals, particularly those with special mobility needs.

Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott, attended the presentation of the bus on Friday and paid tribute to the work ethic of the Markets community for both their commitment to the supply of fresh fruit and vegetables and for their generosity and support to those in need.

In welcoming the Opposition Leader, Foundation Chairman Bill Chalk explained: ‘We established the Sydney Markets Foundation to take our charity activities to a new level by encouraging greater involvement both financially and through the voluntary commitment of the Markets people. Our markets community is very generous when it is for a good cause but they also like to see that their donation goes to the person in need. This is why we wanted our people to see first-hand the results of their efforts.’

The bus is being transported to Queensland next week for registration and presentation to the Lowood community by the end of May.

Following the presentation, Tony Abbott toured the Markets to meet workers and small business owners involved in the growing, marketing and distribution of a substantial part of Australia’s fresh fruit and vegetable production.