Big Expansion Plans Proposed for Eat Street Markets

Eat Street Markets. Source: eatstreetmarkets.com

Economic Development Queensland (EDQ) has submitted a proposal to relocate Brisbane’s overnight success story, the Eat Street Markets at Northshore Hamilton to a larger site situated towards the east end of the Northshore Hamilton precinct.

The new, larger 10,200sqm site boosts the existing capacity of the markets from its current 8,500sqm area but also includes a variety of new attractions and uses.

Eat Street Expansion Plan
Eat Street Expansion Plan

The biggest change is the introduction of a container adventure park similar to a popular Downtown Container Park which recently opened in Las Vegas.

Proposed Adventure Park

The adventure park is proposed to occupy a 5,300sq.m site. This park will be able to accommodate up to 50 participants and 350 guests viewing or for functions. Weekly visitation is planned to be around 1,000 participants per week. The sessions are planned to average between one to two hours, with short 15 minute experiences also available.

The park is planned to be developed as 50 to 60 shipping containers with connecting bridges, decks, elevated viewing areas and attachments to support the adventures, two marquee structures, office, kitchen, cold rooms and toilets, ladder systems, sculptures and the adventures/dynamic games themselves.

The target audience for the park will be families, teenagers and social/work groups. The typical hours of operation will be 10am to midnight, seven days a week. However the park may close early in there are no evening bookings, early and mid-week.

Eco Cycles Over Eat Street Quick Jump Climbing Walls Bungee Tramps
Giant Slide or Drop Slide (or both) Vertigo Fly Jumping Castle Giant Jenga
Laser Tag Laser Clay Shooting Segways High Dunk
Cycle Hire Large Chequers Chess Croquet
Abseiling Luge Giant Foosball High Chair
Slackline Rolling Tube Walk Bungee Run Mechanical Bull
Mechanical Surfboard Entry Eat Street Markets Zipline Crows Nest Tower
Bouldering Walls Extreme Air Giant Swing Bridge Swing
Maze Paintball Electric Scooters Outdoor Bowling
Boulet Zorb Balls Soccer in Balls Gyroscopes
Single Trampolines Basketball Hoops Table Tennis at Height Foosball Tables
Volleyball Beach Volleyball Swinging Hammocks Badminton
Inflatable Obstacle Course Swings and Merry-Go-Round Sunbeds and Palm Trees Riding Circuit

The Shed

The Shed is a proposed urban winery and/or micro-brewery, occupying a 1,200sq.m site. It will be an additional eating and drinking location, operating five to seven days a week, with the peak use times being the weekend evenings (coinciding with the Eat Street Markets).

The Factories

The Factories will include three key tenants, who are discussed below:

TeamArrow

Clenergy TeamArrow is a Queensland based team that competes in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, a biennial solar-powered car race between Darwin and Adelaide. The race provides a chance to showcase advances in solar technologies as well as to highlight a commitment to a sustainable future.

TeamArrow are proposing to enter into a lease/licence with EDQ to use part of The Factories to develop and test their prototype solar-powered car for the 2017 challenge. Occasional testing may occur within the tarmac areas. Information from EDQ suggests that no more than five to ten people will be on-site at any one time.

Men’s Shed

The River City Men’s Shed (Men’s Shed) was incorporated in June 2013 under the auspices of the Australian Men’s Shed Association. The primary aim of the shed is to encourage older generation men to take an interest in their own health and wellbeing. The Men’s Shed provides an environment which is both safe and busy, where members can either learn new skills or pass on their own particular skills to others.

The Men’s Shed has a membership of 25 people, not all of them will be on site at any one time. As with TeamArrow, EDQ have advised that no more than five to ten people will be on-site at any one time.

Among the projects the Shed has undertaken in the past 12 months are the production of native bees boxes, possum boxes and bird boxes, as well as garden planter stands suitable for use by disabled and wheelchair bound people and the collection and delivery of horse manure. The Men’s Shed also participates in BBQ fundraising activities at outlets such as Bunnings and Masters.

Hackerspace

The Hackerspace community connects ‘makers’, tinkerers and industry professionals to tools, mentorship, facilitating collaboration and innovation. It has active subgroups that participate in woodworking, metalworking, blacksmithing, costuming, electronics, programming, engineering, 3D printing, laser cutting, drones, photography, science, education and much more.

The Hackerspace has a membership of 44 fully paid members and 72 casual members, however these aren’t on site at the same time. The main activity is after business hours with their busiest night being Tuesday, where they may get up to 25 people on site at once. Outside of these times it has been assumed that no more than five to ten people will be on-site at any one time.

Produce Garden

A produce garden is also proposed for the site. The garden will operate five to seven days a week, primarily during daytime hours. Similar to the uses associated with The Factories, it has been assumed that no more than five to ten people will be on-site at any one time.

Temporary Event Usage in Car Park

Finally, temporary events (short-term pop up events) are planned to be run when the markets and/or adventure park are not operating. If the temporary event is planned when either the markets or adventure park are operating, it will be conditional on associated car parking capacity. The temporary events are planned to be hosted in the tarmacs (normally used to accommodate Eat Street Market car parking).

Amplified Music Concerts – venue for conducting concerts as a primary activity and inside a building Cinema (including outdoor cinema)
Circus, including Associated Entertainments Community Garden / Urban Farm (or similar)
Concert, Lecture, Public Meeting Drive-In Theatre
Entertainment Hall Festivals – e.g. Food and Wine, Cultural
Fleamarkets and Markets Any form of entertainment by live artists not involving amplified music
Glamping / Pop Up Tent Event Gymnasium or Fitness Centre
Live Music or Entertainment involving application for a minor nature (not being an amplified music concert) Theatre and Theatre Restaurant
Mechanical Structure for Amusement or Entertainment (maximum of five mechanical structures) Micro Brewery / Urban Winery
Reception Lounges (including premises for wedding receptions, birthdays and other parties Travelling Performances (other than circus)
Any other activity determined in writing by the Development Assessment Team to be consistent with the above- mentioned activities.

The DA number for this development is #DEV2015/741

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