15 Nov 2017

Night market approved for Brisbane's biggest fresh food market

A night market within the already popular Brisbane Markets at Rocklea has been given the green light.

Fairfax Media reported in September that Brisbane Markets submitted a development application to Brisbane City Council proposing to run markets on Friday and Saturday nights in the central trading area of the Rocklea site.

On Tuesday, the council wrote to Brisbane Markets Limited to inform them its application had been approved.

The approval conditions said the markets were limited to operating between 4pm and 10pm and a sound limiting device must be installed into the amplification system to ensure noise regulations were adhered to.

As part of the development application approval was also given for the Saturday morning fresh-food markets to move from the Southgate West building on the southern side of Sherwood Road to the selling area, which is an existing 9180-square-metre area.

As part of the assessment process, the flood risk was explored as the site is subject to flooding.

The existing market site was completely inundated during floods in 1974 and 2011.

In accordance with the flood overlay code, it was determined the proposed market would not increase the risk of flood hazard.

“The proposed market is dismountable to minimise flood damage to the development during defined flood events” the decision assessment report submitted as part of the development application process said.

“The moveable nature of the market will also minimise the recovery time and the need to rebuild structure after a flood event.”

In September Brisbane Markets Limited chief executive Andrew Young said the night markets proposal was in “very early days” and was viewed as an opportunity to further increase the appeal of Brisbane’s premier retail market.

Council's city planning chairman Julian Simmonds said the night markets would be a great new leisure and lifestyle opportunity for residents.

“While the size of the markets will not increase under this approval, existing space will be converted to be used for food trucks and live entertainment, creating an exciting new night-time destination,” Cr Simmonds said.

Brisbane Marketing did not respond to requests for comment on the approval.

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