Stormwater harvesting and reuse - sports fields

Brisbane City Council is continuing to install stormwater harvesting measures in sports fields across the city to provide a sustainable water resource for irrigation of parks and sports fields, resulting in better sports fields for Brisbane.

Summary

Address

Jack Speare Park, Indooroopilly; Forest Lake Sports Fields, Forest Lake; Dunlop Park, Corinda; Bill Lamond Park, Lota

Ward

Walter Taylor, Forest Lake, Tennyson and Wynnum Manly

Project outcomes To improve the conditions of sports field playing surfaces by providing collected stormwater for reuse as an alternative to potable water use.
Latest update

Construction at Jack Speare Park commenced in mid-May and is anticipated to be complete by September 2019, weather and construction conditions permitting.

Construction at the Forest Lake Sports Fields commenced in July and is anticipated to be complete by September 2019, weather and construction conditions permitting.

Construction at Dunlop Park is anticipated to start in mid-August and be complete by September 2019, weather and construction conditions permitting.

Construction at Bill Lamond Park is anticipated to start in late August 2019 and be complete by September 2019, weather and construction conditions permitting.

About the project

Stormwater harvesting and reuse is the collection of water from a drain, creek or pond, which is stored and used for another purpose such as irrigation.

In 2017 and 2018, Council completed construction of stormwater harvesting and reuse measures at three sports fields across Brisbane as part of the sports field water activation project.

In 2018, Council investigated improvements to the existing stormwater harvesting and reuse infrastructure at four additional sports fields across Brisbane and construction at these locations will be completed in 2019.

This project was a 2016 election commitment.

2019 projects

In 2019, stormwater harvesting projects will occur at the parks below. Construction will primarily take place between 6.30am and 6.30pm, Monday to Saturday. Residents and businesses in close proximity to the works can expect construction noise and low levels of vibration and dust. During the project, the work areas will be fenced off for safety purposes and signage will provide direction around the construction area.

Jack Speare Park, Indooroopilly

The stormwater harvesting improvements will collect stormwater runoff from the eastern open drain and pump it to existing and new storage tanks.

The project may require the removal of some vegetation. Any removal of vegetation will be conducted in consultation with arborists and will be offset as per Council’s environmental guidelines.

Forest Lake Sports Fields, Forest Lake

The stormwater harvesting improvements will collect stormwater runoff from the northern catchment and pump it to existing storage tanks.

The project may require the removal of some vegetation. Any removal of vegetation will be conducted in consultation with arborists and will be offset as per Council’s environmental guidelines.

Dunlop Park, Corinda

The stormwater harvesting improvements will collect stormwater from the western catchment and pump it to two existing storage tanks and two new tanks.

Bill Lamond Park, Lota

The stormwater harvesting improvements at Bill Lamond Park will collect additional stormwater runoff from the fields and pump it to the existing storage tanks.

Completed sites

Construction started on the Marchant Park, Aspley, stormwater harvesting and reuse system in May 2017 and was completed in November 2017.

Construction started at Akuna Oval, Kenmore, stormwater harvesting and reuse system in August 2017 and was completed in April 2018.

Construction started on the Wakefield Park, Brighton, stormwater harvesting and reuse system in January 2018 and was completed in June 2018.

Previous stormwater harvesting initiatives undertaken across Brisbane from 2014-16 will deliver more than 73 Olympic swimming pools (up to 184ML) of water for reuse per annum. Read more about these initiatives.

What are the benefits?

  • assists with the ongoing operation of community sport clubs
  • reduces the use of potable water on playing fields by providing an alternative water source
  • results in better sports fields for Brisbane, improved playing conditions and encouraging more people to get involved in sport.

More information

If you would like to provide comments, ask questions or find out more about the sports field water activation project you can:

  • phone the project team on 1800 669 416
  • phone Council on 07 3403 8888
  • email the project team 
  • write to:
    Sports field water activation project
    City Projects
    Brisbane City Council
    GPO Box 1434
    Brisbane Qld 4001.
Last updated:15 August 2019