Brisbane City Council has awarded the Sandgate and Bracken Ridge Action Group (SANDBAG) the contract for the Shorncliffe Pier Kiosk, which will feature high-quality roasted coffee, beverages, light meals and snacks.
Council member Jared Cassidy said he suggested SANDBAG as a possible provider following broad support for a kiosk at Lower Moora Park.
“I’m thrilled that SANDBAG [has] been awarded the contract for the Shorncliffe Pier Kiosk. When this was first announced, I wrote to Council asking for a full tender process and for social enterprises to be given the opportunity to bid also.
“SANDBAG’s winning tender was aimed at celebrating the history of the area, and all the profits of the business will be reinvested in the programs SANDBAG run in the community,” Cr Cassidy said.
As a not-for-profit organisation, SANDBAG aims to direct any profit generated through the kiosk to support a range of programs and activities offered to people who are disadvantaged or marginalised.
“We are excited to be offered the opportunity to manage a coffee kiosk at the beautiful Sandgate foreshore, closely located to the spectacular Shorncliffe Pier,” SANDBAG representatives said.
Parks, Environment and Sustainability Chairman David McLachlan said the kiosk would complement the recently rebuilt Shorncliffe Pier, creating more lifestyle and leisure activities for Sandgate.
“The proposal for a kiosk received strong support when Council surveyed local residents and businesses in Sandgate and Shorncliffe, with an overwhelming 84 percent of responses keen to see the kiosk built.”
“ Council recently completed a $20 million renewal of the iconic Shorncliffe Pier, and at the time, committed to further activating the precinct with a pop-up café,” Cr McLachlan said.
Cr McLachlan said the new kiosk would complement Council’s $590,000 investment to enhance the Sandgate foreshore, and that the Shorncliffe Pier was one of Brisbane’s most loved and historically significant landmarks.
“Projects like the new kiosk at Shorncliffe help create a vibrant, liveable Brisbane that provides more lifestyle and leisure opportunities, with better facilities and venues for all ages to enjoy.”
n It is anticipated the kiosk will commence operation in 2018. For more information, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au
or contact Council on 3403 8888.