Townsville Markets Project – We’re shopping for ideas!

Markets offer an opportunity to revitalise public spaces, bolster the local economy, create jobs, and give food producers, artisans and makers a place to showcase their wares and grow their business.

The outcomes from community consultation were used by council to better understand how markets can be guided and managed into the future and to ensure they continue to grow and run in a way that provides a quality experience for residents; supports our retailers and promotes tourism in our city.

The consultation captured the views of 1241 responses from residents and stakeholders, and the report was presented at the full council meeting held 24th January 2017.

Council immediately gave the green light to a key recommendation of the review to draw on ideas from the public and call tenders for the operation of the Cotters Markets and cruise ship markets in the CBD.

But council rejected a report recommendation to introduce greater regulation or additional fees and charges for markets in the city.

Key survey findings

  • Cotters Markets and Strand Night Markets most regularly attended
  • 60% of respondents don’t think Townsville has too many markets
  • 51% don’t think Townsville needs more markets
  • Most popular products people would like to see at the markets: fresh fruit and vegetables, crafts and art, snacks,, hot food, plants and baked goods
  • Least desired items at markets: labelled and commercial goods
  • Entertainment including live performances seen as important in decided to attend a market
  • A range of goods was most important factor for people attending Cotters Markets, followed by shade and then parking
  • 24% of respondents attend Cotters Market 1 to 3 times a year, 23% once a month, and 16% attend every week
  • 69% of people who attended Cotters Markets said they also visited CBD shops
  • Ideas put forward to improve Cotters Markets included greater variety of stalls, including the sale of local produce and handmade products, better entertainment, parking, and better management




Markets offer an opportunity to revitalise public spaces, bolster the local economy, create jobs, and give food producers, artisans and makers a place to showcase their wares and grow their business.

The outcomes from community consultation were used by council to better understand how markets can be guided and managed into the future and to ensure they continue to grow and run in a way that provides a quality experience for residents; supports our retailers and promotes tourism in our city.

The consultation captured the views of 1241 responses from residents and stakeholders, and the report was presented at the full council meeting held 24th January 2017.

Council immediately gave the green light to a key recommendation of the review to draw on ideas from the public and call tenders for the operation of the Cotters Markets and cruise ship markets in the CBD.

But council rejected a report recommendation to introduce greater regulation or additional fees and charges for markets in the city.

Key survey findings

  • Cotters Markets and Strand Night Markets most regularly attended
  • 60% of respondents don’t think Townsville has too many markets
  • 51% don’t think Townsville needs more markets
  • Most popular products people would like to see at the markets: fresh fruit and vegetables, crafts and art, snacks,, hot food, plants and baked goods
  • Least desired items at markets: labelled and commercial goods
  • Entertainment including live performances seen as important in decided to attend a market
  • A range of goods was most important factor for people attending Cotters Markets, followed by shade and then parking
  • 24% of respondents attend Cotters Market 1 to 3 times a year, 23% once a month, and 16% attend every week
  • 69% of people who attended Cotters Markets said they also visited CBD shops
  • Ideas put forward to improve Cotters Markets included greater variety of stalls, including the sale of local produce and handmade products, better entertainment, parking, and better management