Norman Creek 2012-2031 Master Plan

After a three month public consultation period from September to November 2012, Brisbane City Council recently released the Norman Creek 2012-2031 Master Plan which outlines key initiatives aimed at rejuvenating the Norman Creek catchment. The Master Plan also aligns with other long-term Council plans and strategies that are being delivered between now and 2031.

The Master Plan guides key initiatives to revitalise one of the city's most urbanised catchments and is committed to doing this by partnering with residents, business, industry, government and community groups.

The Master Plan highlights the priority areas and projects that have been designed to achieve multiple outcomes for the city including strengthening Brisbane's economy, improving access and inclusion for all residents and making the city cleaner and greener.

Council has identified three catalyst projects as the focus for the next five years. These are large, integrated projects with the power to change the way we perceive and use the catchment:

  1. Creating a water smart community in Coorparoo.
  2. Building a series of stepping stone green spaces from the heart of Woolloongabba to Kingfisher Creek.
  3. Transforming Hanlon Park at Stones Corner into an attractive and versatile public space.

Additional feature projects for suburbs across the catchment are also outlined, along with smaller, supporting initiatives. Some of these projects will be funded in the medium-term while others will take longer.

The master planning process has revealed different strategies that will be applied in locations right across the catchment, such as:

  • greening the banks of local creeks
  • encouraging water smart innovation in new development
  • urban stormwater harvesting
  • interpretive artworks to reflect and celebrate the catchments rich history and culture
  • subtropical boulevards and neighbouring shadeways
  • open spaces evolving into multi-purpose areas suitable for a range of activities

Council has secured a grant from the Australian Government's Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities to fund a number of stormwater harvesting and re-use projects in the Norman Creek catchment. Stormwater harvesting is the capture, treatment, storage and reuse of water from our local areas such as roads, drains and parks that would otherwise end up in our drainage system and be released directly into our waterways.

Five locations have been identified as suitable for some form of stormwater harvesting. Locations include:

  • CB Mott Park, Holland Park
  • Ekibin Park East, Greenslopes
  • Sexton Street Park, Tarragindi
  • Langlands Park, Coorparoo
  • Norman Park Sports Precinct, Norman Park

In each of these locations, drinking water is currently used to irrigate nearby sporting fields and parks, yet ample stormwater could be captured from surrounding areas to keep the grounds lush and green. These projects will commence in 2013 and be in operation in 2016.

Council is also continuing with the purchase of properties to create the Coorparoo Creek Park. The park will form a green corridor between Old Cleveland Road and Barnes Avenue linked to Coorparoo Creek. This green space will support the growth of the area by providing more public space for workers and residents, managing local flooding and extending the green corridor for pedestrians and cyclists.

Council is planning to purchase all required land for Coorparoo Creek Park by 2015, following technical studies that indicate the park has the capacity to manage local flooding to support the redevelopment of private land at Coorparoo Junction along Harries Road and Holdsworth Street. Land purchases have already begun with all affected landowners.

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19 June 2014