Sandbags can be used to reduce the impact of flooding on your home or business. Sandbags will not stop the water entirely but can reduce the amount of water entering your premises.

Brisbane City Council provides pre-filled sandbags to residents and businesses in the Council area. Bags are always available to be collected from:

  • Darra - South Depot, 38 Shamrock Road
  • Morningside - Balmoral Depot, 9 Redfern Street
  • Newmarket - SES Depot, 66 Wilston Road
  • Zillmere-North Depot, 33 Jennings Street.

Working with sandbags

The following video shows you how to work with sandbags to protect your property.

Watch the video or read the text version.

You can also watch this video and other related videos on Council's YouTube channel.

Sandbag disposal

Council encourages you to properly dispose of sandbags once severe weather has passed.

Used sandbags that have not come into contact with oil or other contaminants can be opened and sand scattered on lawns and gardens as topsoil, where it will not wash into stormwater drains.

Empty sandbags should be placed in the general waste bin. Do not empty or place full sandbags in your general waste bin. 

Sandbags that have come into contact with floodwaters can be disposed of at one of Council’s four transfer stations.

You can store unused sandbags undercover for future use. However, sandbags must be discarded if they show signs of deterioration.

More information

For more information, phone Council on 07 3403 8888.

Alternatively, you can find information about flooding and how to prepare for weather events:

Last updated:9 May 2019