Thumbs down on Davies Park Markets

It's a sad day for Brisbane with control of the Davies Park Markets, also known as the Green Flea Market at West End slipping out of the city to a Sydney-based organisation, Sky Events. This is the same mob that runs the lack lustre Southbank Markets distinguished by their lack of original produce and boring sameness.

Long time Brisbane identity Peter Hackworth, who started the markets, was their manager but the council's decision was to award the new contract elsewhere. What a pity the tender process didn't factor in local knowledge and a love of Brisbane as important elements. Markets need a community soul and a relationship with the area for ongoing viability.

Councillor Helen Abrahams has called for a cooling off period before the new contract is signed, to allow the Brisbane community to have their say.

“I believe Brisbane residents should be given the opportunity to have a say on this latest decision,” she said.

It will be interesting to see how this decision affects this vibrant market - will stallholders and patrons vote with their feet? There are plenty of alternatives available....