The Gladstone Entertainment Centre exterior wall.
The Gladstone Entertainment Centre exterior wall. Luka Kauzlaric

Cafe agreement hangs on the council accepting broader terms

HYPE around the $23 million Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre hasn't inspired the community's catering businesses.

There has been little interest in running the centre's cafe.

While Gladstone Regional Council heard from 17 interested parties on May 30, that was whittled down to only three at their mandatory briefing on June 11.

After that, the request for tenders received only a hollow echo.

At this week's general meeting, the council agreed to enter into a bargaining process with Reef City Catering, a company based near Yeppoon which caters for the Gladstone PCYC.

The agreement hangs on the council accepting broader terms, which includes relieving the company of fit-out costs of about $57,000.

The council intends to hold on to the liquor licence for the centre.

Councillor Karen Porter was disappointed with the lack of tenders received.

"It's critical council gets off on the right foot with the centre," she said.