EVERYONE has been wanting more colour and vibrancy in the Darwin CBD, and today they get to see it in the form of pop-up markets.
The Darwin City Council, retailers and the Mindil Beach Markets have joined forces to deliver “Mindil Pop-Up” in the Smith St Mall from 3pm to 9pm. The timing of the markets has been designed to coincide with the arrival of the Legend of the Seas, which docked early this morning.
Darwin Waterfront City Retailers and Traders Association president Darren Lynch said the idea had been driven by Lord Mayor Katrina Fong Lim and was supported by his members.
“We think it will bring people to the city,” he said. “We are comfortable with it and will see if it brings a little vibrancy to the CBD.”
There have been growing concerns about the state of the CBD, with Ms Fong Lim holding CBD summits late last year to look at how the decline in city trade could be arrested.
Mr Lynch said two key messages out of the summits had been a lack of vibrancy in the city and traders choosing not to open on a Sunday.
For today’s markets, Ms Fong Lim approached the Mindil Beach Markets asking if stallholders were prepared to set up for this event.
She said respect would be shown to city traders, ensuring the right mix of stallholders who did not directly compete with traders would be chosen.
Mr Lynch said they were satisfied with the mix and would meet the Council after this weekend’s event to review it.