Tenders invited for city markets

Date published: 24 March 2017

The next step in the revitalisation of the city’s market scene is underway with the opening of tenders for the operation of the Cotters Markets and cruise ship markets in the CBD.

The tender will open tomorrow for a period of six weeks for individuals or groups interested in growing the market into an iconic event for the city.

Council resolved to call for tenders in January following an extensive investigation into the future of the markets last year.

Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill urged current operator, Rotary, and other interested market operators to express their interest in the tender in order to grow Cotters Markets and better tap into the potential of the cruise ship market.

“The research we undertook through a community survey last year shows Townsville people love the lively market scene in the city. But it also indicates that there’s room to boost the attraction and experience of our bigger flagship markets – particularly Cotters Markets,” Cr Hill said.

“For that, we’ll be looking for operators keen to feature live music, performances and a variety of stalls selling everything from handmade products and craft to fresh food, fashion and gifts.

“Rotary has done a great job for council running the markets in the CBD for the past nine years and we encourage them along with other interested parties to lodge tenders.”

The operator will be required to operate a market on a Friday night, and/or Sunday in Flinders Street between Denham Street and Stanley Street in Townsville City as well as a market in Townsville’s city centre to activate Flinders Street and Townsville Bulletin Square while cruise ships are in the city.

Tender responses are expected to be evaluated in June with the winning tender announced by July. Separate briefing sessions for interested operators and for CBD traders and stallholders, will be held on April 7.

“Markets are an important part of the local economy, providing opportunities for home businesses and start-ups to access their customers. We want to ensure that through this process, we get the best possible outcome for both stallholders and the community,” Cr Hill said.

Tender documents will be available for download from tomorrow on council’s website at www.townsville.qld.gov.au