Twilights pop-up space to reimagine Flinders East

Date published: 9 July 2021

Townsville City Council, in collaboration with the nearby traders, is opening a new pop-up community space on Flinders Street East that will host events and create a new waterfront experience for residents and visitors.

The Twilights space has been installed in the Flinders Street East carpark for the coming two months and features seating, fairy lights and a ping pong table for city visitors to take advantage of prime waterfront viewing and to allow for businesses in the area to use as a pop-up function space.

“Council and East End Traders have been working together to re-imagine Flinders Street East, both to boost patronage for businesses and to generally enhance our central business district,” Community and Cultural Development Committee chairperson and divisional councillor Ann-Maree Greaney said.

“In late May, we held the very successful East End Eats event in the lead-up to the Reds versus Chiefs rugby union game and, of course, we had the magnificent City Street Eats: Origin Edition in June, demonstrating just how versatile this space is. It doesn’t just have to be a nightclub precinct.

“The pop-up space lights up from 5:30pm tonight and I look forward to seeing all residents spending time at the space enjoying our great city.

“The East End traders will also be hosting a series of events in the space and will share the details over the coming weeks.”

Molly Malones Venue Manager Colin Leake said this pop-up would really demonstrate what the East End traders have to offer the city.

“Twilights is the perfect opportunity for the traders to host some amazing activations and show that Flinders Street has so much to offer, well above and beyond a traditional nightclub atmosphere,” Mr Leake said.

“I’m really excited to see what we can do in this space over the next two months and I’m hopeful that the community will really get behind the local businesses when they do start hosting events here.

“The relationship between the East End traders and Council has been fantastic and I’m looking forward to continuing to collaborate and see what else we can do to drive Flinders Street forward.”

Cr Greaney said Townsville City Council’s 2021/22 Budget included a $40.8 million investment into lifestyle and tourism to ensure Townsville remained a great place to live, work and play.

“This extends past holding our major events such as the State of Origin and NAFA into working with our local businesses to reimagine spaces such as the Flinders Street East carpark which is in a prime location on the waterfront in the city.”