West End

Markets go south

Peter Hackworth, referred to as “The mother of Brisbane’s market scene”, has lost her bid to continue running the Saturday morning markets at West End’s Davies Park. The tender process has been won by a company called Blue Sky Events from Sydney and no surprise here … the current operators aren’t happy about the changes being proposed. Perhaps reducing the size of the space rented and therefore the cost will make it more economically viable, but one of the changes being floated is to do some “tidying up”. Blue Sky run the South Bank markets, also started by Hackworth and there’s a concern that it will remove the character and flavour that the locals come for. Souths Rugby League Football Club, who have been at Davies Park for over a hundred years, also put in a bid to manage the markets. They hoped to keep the proceeds from the markets in local pockets.