Origins roles available
The new Origins Market on West Street is fast approaching its November opening date, and is recruiting for numerous positions in its senior management team.
The market, which is being developed by Erceg Management, is planned to feature more than 100 stalls showcasing the best of local produce and creations in the South West.
The $50 million project was first announced last July and pitched as an indoor market “unlike any other in WA”.
A strategic operations manager, marketing manager, and vendor liaison are the three positions on offer to ensure the much-anticipated development fits into its big boots. Origins Market project manager Louise Cashmore said construction of the “landmark destination” was ahead of schedule.
“If you’re really passionate about making a difference in agriculture, and you have strong organisational skills, there is no better project to be part of — this is going to be something that really changes the landscape of agriculture,” she said.
Experience is required for the management positions, which are hoped to help drive community engagement.
“We want people who want to be a part of exposing the incredible local produce that we have down here and the stories of our local producers,” Ms Cashmore said. “We’re a local market and we’re about our local producers.”
Around 250 people have been employed in the construction phase of the 80,000sqm development, and about 200 more are expected for when the market is up and running. It is expected to be one of the most popular attractions in the State.
Landowner and project developer Allan Erceg said his vision was to leave a legacy for the South West, with the best possible cutting-edge market available.
“We’ve been working on this site since 2003, so it’s been a challenge but a good outcome,” he said.
The market aims to provide an alternative eco-conscious retail and entertainment experience to merge production and consumption.
City of Busselton Mayor Grant Henley said the market would house exclusively local producers who were looking to progress from their niche weekend stores to a professional hub.
“It’s a short walk from town and we see the book-endings being the foreshore and the West Street development, drawing visitors through our town centres,” Cr Henley said.
However, some residents have suggested large developments such as Kmart and ALDI have hurt small businesses in the Busselton CBD, with Origins Market the latest big development set to draw crowds away from Queen Street.
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