Council searches for Beenleigh Town Square markets operator
Published: 23 February 2015
Logan City Council is searching for an operator and manager of the new Beenleigh Town Square markets.
The markets are set to open within the pedestrianised section of Kent St in September.
Governance, Finance and Economic Development Committee Chairperson, Councillor Luke Smith (Division 6), said the markets would showcase unique homewares and up-and-coming fashion designers, as well as offering foodie visitors an array of tasty treats.
"Council's vision for the Beenleigh Town Square precinct is that it becomes a popular hub for the area, and we see these markets as playing a crucial role in that," he said.
"We believe that homewares, photography, furniture, fashion, jewellery and food sold in a markets atmosphere will bring a creative vibe to the space, including the potential for night markets thanks to lighting being done as part of the redevelopment."
Cr Smith said Council was now calling for expressions of interest from people wanting to manage and operate the markets.
"We'll then invite two to four market operators to submit a tender for the licence," he said.
"The licence will be granted for two years, with an option to extend for another year, and we are really after someone who is suitably qualified and experienced.
"At a minimum, we would expect the markets to be held at least once a week, and we will agree on operating times with the successful operator."
Councillor Jennie Breene (Division 12) said she was excited by the opportunities the markets would bring to Beenleigh.
"This will really change the face of the CBD," she said.
"The project is right on track and people will really see the space come to life in the next few months.
"Most of the underground works have been completed, so it won't be long until people start to see the Town Square precinct take shape."
The proposed markets align with Council's vision of creating a vibrant and creative Beenleigh, and Cr Smith said Council continued to work with the Beenleigh Yatala Chamber of Commerce, which was also developing a renewal initiative similar to the 'Renew' strategy in Newcastle.
Expressions of interest for the market operator licence can be submitted to the LG Tenderbox by 2pm on Tuesday 3 March. More information is available online at www.logan.qld.gov.au