Coffee with a view: tenders called for new Castle Hill eatery and events space

Date published: 20 December 2019

Townsville City Council has today called for tenders to construct a new eatery and events space near the summit of Castle Hill.

“Castle Hill is an iconic and much-loved landmark in our city. It’s also one of our most-visited places, with tourists and locals alike enjoying the spectacular views over the city to the west and Magnetic Island and the Coral Sea to the east,” Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill said.

“Castle Hill has so much potential. That is why Council included the development and implementation of a Castle Hill Concept Plan in our Townsville 2020 masterplan.”

Cr Hill said the eatery and events space is planned for the former Panorama House site near the top of the hill.

“The whole site is 800 square metres and we want a flexible space that can host wedding receptions, comedians, food vans or perhaps some concerts during the Australian Festival of Chamber Music,” Cr Hill said.

“Local architect Counterpoint Architecture is designing the building and it will be a wonderful spot to eat and look across the city.

“It’s an exciting project for the city, with the new venue expected to open in late 2020.”

The works on Castle Hill have received almost $2 million in funding from the Federal Government’s Building Better Regions Fund.

Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson said the project would create jobs and strengthen the tourism economy. “We all know how iconic Castle Hill is, and this project will only increase its value to the community, and make Townsville an even better place to live, work and play,” Mr Thompson said.

“Through these projects, we are creating long-term jobs while cementing our region on the tourism map.”