THE Capalaba Park ‘n’ Ride is set to host a new Sunday market after an expression-of-interest process was completed by the Queensland government, according to Capalaba MP Don Brown.
"After I was notified that the Capalaba College markets were closing I initiated a process to utilise the park and ride site for a new market by calling for expressions of interest,” he said.
"I am happy to report that a lease should be signed this week with the successful tenderer and hopefully they can start in the very near future.
"I believe the site is perfect, with plenty of parking, access to public transport options, centrally located and away from residents and the noise of setting up in the early hours of Sunday.
"This is a real win for the community, not only will it create jobs and economic opportunities locally but also the taxpayer will receive a return as we better utilise a public asset."
Bowman MP Andrew Laming said the approval for local Greg Amos to run the markets was a win against the odds because Mr Brown campaigned for the markets to be run by an outside operator.
"Greg Amos ... trusted his dream for a Capalaba markets with Don Brown,” Mr Laming said.
“Mr Brown ratted on the Redland local and took the idea to market providers on the other side of Brisbane.”
Weekend markets previously operated out of Capalaba State College but ran into trouble, with locals protesting against parking and noise – issues that Mr Brown campaigned on.