Mar­kets get fresh de­sign Ten­der win­ner chases more stalls

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - CHRISTIE AN­DER­SON EX­CLU­SIVE christie. an­der­son@ news. com. au

TOWNSVILLE’S Cot­ters Mar­kets is set for an over­haul with Rene­gade Hand­made founder Karissa Chase awarded the ten­der to lead the re­vamp.

Townsville City Coun­cil ap­pointed Ms Chase ( pic­tured) to run the mar­kets for at least the next 12 months on the con­di­tion she boost the pro­file and pa­tron­age of the weekly event while demon­strat­ing in­no­va­tive ideas to help it grow.

Ro­tary Clubs of Townsville had been op­er­at­ing the mar­kets but the coun­cil de­cided on a re­view and asked for com­mu­nity feed­back fol­low­ing fall­ing at­ten­dance rates.

Ms Chase’s first Cot­ters Mar­kets will be on July 16 and she said she wanted the event to be­come a huge at­trac­tion for lo­cals and visi­tors alike.

“I want to make it a big­ger mar­ket that is more vi­brant and with more stall hold­ers,” sheh “T There is a huge amount of peo­ple who like to visit mar­kets and see what is be­ing made and grown.”

Ms Chase, who also owns and op­er­ates Rene­gade Gift Shop in War­rina Ar­cade, has be­come well known in the mar­ket scene af­ter start­ing the hugely suc­cess­ful monthly Rene­gade Hand­made mar­ket.

She said the changes to Cot­ters Mar­kets would take time and she was plan­ning a re­launch event soon.

Mayor Jenny Hill said the ten­der process at­tracted in­ter­est from four in­di­vid­u­als and or­gan­i­sa­tions, in­clud­ing the for­mer op­er­a­tors, Ro­tary.

“As op­er­a­tors of the mar­kets for the past nine years it’s im­por­tant to ac­knowl­edge Ro­tary and the tremen­dous job the group has done in pre­serv­ing the essence of Cot­ters Mar­kets,” she said.

“While Ro­tary’s ten­der was c com­pet­i­tive, Ms Chase prov vided a bet­ter plan in her ten­der which fo­cused on fresh, in­no­va­tive ideas to re­vamp our f flag­ship Sun­day mar­kets.

“Mar­kets are an im­por­tant part of the lo­cal econ­omy, pro­vid­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for home busi­nesses and start- ups to ac­cess their cus­tomers and this process has been all about get­ting the best pos­si­ble out­come for both stall­hold­ers and the com­mu­nity.”

About 1500 res­i­dents were sur­veyed as part of the coun­cil re­view into the mar­kets.

Sug­ges­tions in­clud­ing a greater va­ri­ety of stalls, lo­cal pro­duce and hand­made prod­ucts, bet­ter en­ter­tain­ment, park­ing and bet­ter man­age­ment were used to help cre­ate the ten­der doc­u­ment.


FIT­NESS GOAL: Queens­land Coun­try Health Fund staff Mark Mills, Teri Asker, Mary Rahill and Lau­ren Thor­ley.

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