Caribbean Gardens (Scoresby, Vic.)


Roderick Smith
 

The 610 mm gauge railway was quite major.
The lack had a paddleboat from Ballarat, which was repatriated.
The chairlift came from Whistlestop (Frankston)

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Roderick

'Sad time': Much-loved Melbourne market closes after 55 years July 1, 2020
Caribbean Gardens in Melbourne's east will close its doors to the public after 55 years in operation, with management citing the dire financial circumstances wrought by the pandemic for the closure of the much-loved attraction.
The 40-hectare market and garden area located in Scoresby, in the foothills of the Dandenongs, closed due to public health restrictions at the onset of the pandemic.
In a Facebook post on Wednesday evening – which attracted more than 5000 comments, many of them expressing deep sadness – the business announced the closure would be permanent.
"COVID-19 forced the suspension of the market for the very first time in its history and has now been confirmed closed for the foreseeable future. As a privately-run market in these current circumstances it is simply unviable to reopen," the post said.
"Whilst no immediate plans are in place to replace the market lands, they do form part of a 500-acre future masterplan.
"Although this is a hard decision and a sad time we must celebrate the market's achievement and thank each and every customer, stallholder, visitor and staff for their partnership and for making Caribbean Market the icon it became."
The market, which opened in 1965 and is owned by the wealthy Spooner family, has been visited by 40 million visitors since its establishment, according to its owners.
It included a market that sold a variety of unique products and amusements aimed at children including a mini-golf course, a train around its perimeter, a jungle boat ride around Lake Caribbean, and a chairlift.
A 2013 report by the Motion Picture Association of America identified Caribbean Gardens as one of the most notorious hotspots for the sale of pirated DVDs.
The report said the market had between 10 and 20 individual market sellers "offering counterfeit region one and two DVDs, together with other sellers offering burnt DVDs of recently released titles".
The site, nestled between Stud Road in the east, Ferntree Gully Road to the north and EastLink freeway in the west, was originally used by a handful of stallholders selling from their car boots and for water ski shows on the lake.
More recently, it had more than 1000 stallholders and thousands poured through the eye-catching front gates on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
<www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/sad-time-much-loved-melbourne-market-closes-after-55-years-20200701-p55878.html>


Roderick Smith
 

Roderick

Market is gone after 55 years
Thurs.2.7.20 Melbourne 'Herald Sun'
EASTERN suburbs institution Caribbean Market has been forced to shut for good after 55 years.
Management made the announcement on its website confirming the Scoresby market — including the rides and playgrounds — would not be reopening after the forced COVID-19 suspension earlier this year. But the Caribbean Rollerama would reopen.
“Today, management confirmed the closure of its iconic Caribbean Market,” the post said.
“Unfortunately, as a privately-run market under the current circumstances it is unviable to reopen.”
The post said while no immediate plans had been put in place to replace the market, the land was part of a 200ha future masterplan.
“Established in the 1970s, Caribbean Market has welcomed over 40 million visitors and for decades has been the benchmark for family fun and entertainment,” the post said.
“Although this is a hard decision and a sad time, we must celebrate the market’s achievement and thank each and every customer, stall holder, visitor and staff for their partnership and for making Caribbean Market the icon it became.”
On its Facebook page fans and stall holders of the popular market have begged for it to reopen.
Caribbean Gardens and Market site has been owned by the Spooner family since 1942, and was originally used as a dairy farm.
In 1966 they developed an outdoor activity park, then a decade later opened the market, starting with fruit and vegetable stalls.
Over the years, waterski shows have been held at the lake with rides and attractions.


Grant Maloney
 

Hello,
Has the society ever done a feature on this railway

Grant


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The 610 mm gauge railway was quite major.
The lack had a paddleboat from Ballarat, which was repatriated.
The chairlift came from Whistlestop (Frankston)

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"150705Su-DSCF0939-ScoresbyMelbourneVic.-CaribbeanGardens-maintrain-RSmith-ss.jpg" 

Roderick

'Sad time': Much-loved Melbourne market closes after 55 years July 1, 2020
Caribbean Gardens in Melbourne's east will close its doors to the public after 55 years in operation, with management citing the dire financial circumstances wrought by the pandemic for the closure of the much-loved attraction.
The 40-hectare market and garden area located in Scoresby, in the foothills of the Dandenongs, closed due to public health restrictions at the onset of the pandemic.
In a Facebook post on Wednesday evening – which attracted more than 5000 comments, many of them expressing deep sadness – the business announced the closure would be permanent.
"COVID-19 forced the suspension of the market for the very first time in its history and has now been confirmed closed for the foreseeable future. As a privately-run market in these current circumstances it is simply unviable to reopen," the post said.
"Whilst no immediate plans are in place to replace the market lands, they do form part of a 500-acre future masterplan.
"Although this is a hard decision and a sad time we must celebrate the market's achievement and thank each and every customer, stallholder, visitor and staff for their partnership and for making Caribbean Market the icon it became."
The market, which opened in 1965 and is owned by the wealthy Spooner family, has been visited by 40 million visitors since its establishment, according to its owners.
It included a market that sold a variety of unique products and amusements aimed at children including a mini-golf course, a train around its perimeter, a jungle boat ride around Lake Caribbean, and a chairlift.
A 2013 report by the Motion Picture Association of America identified Caribbean Gardens as one of the most notorious hotspots for the sale of pirated DVDs.
The report said the market had between 10 and 20 individual market sellers "offering counterfeit region one and two DVDs, together with other sellers offering burnt DVDs of recently released titles".
The site, nestled between Stud Road in the east, Ferntree Gully Road to the north and EastLink freeway in the west, was originally used by a handful of stallholders selling from their car boots and for water ski shows on the lake.
More recently, it had more than 1000 stallholders and thousands poured through the eye-catching front gates on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
<www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/sad-time-much-loved-melbourne-market-closes-after-55-years-20200701-p55878.html>