Enoggera Creek Sport and Recreation Precinct Plan

Brisbane is a great place to live, work, and relax – it's a safe, vibrant, green and prosperous city, valued for its friendly and optimistic character and enjoyable lifestyle.

The Enoggera Creek Sport and Recreation Precinct in Brisbane’s north is a popular and important ecological location and is the city’s largest sport and recreation precinct.

Brisbane City Council, in partnership with the Australian Government, is drafting the Enoggera Creek Sport and Recreation Precinct Plan that will guide future investment, growth and management of the 52-hectare inner-city precinct.

The multi-use precinct includes parts of Windsor, Wilston, Herston and Newmarket, and is home to a range of sporting, recreation and community activities. The Precinct Plan will protect the natural habitat while promoting sporting facilities that encourage an active and healthy lifestyle.

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Summary

This table provides summary information about the Enoggera Creek Sport and Recreation Precinct Plan including address, ward, project outcomes and latest update.
Address The 52-hectare inner-city precinct includes sport and recreation parks between Lutwyche and Enoggera Roads, stretching along the suburbs of Windsor, Wilston, Herston and Newmarket.
Ward Enoggera and Paddington
Project outcomes Guide future investment, development and management of this sport and recreation precinct to protect and enhance the area for future generations.
Latest update

To mitigate any disruption caused by current public health conditions, the current round of community consultation will be extended to Monday 28 February 2022.

Have Your Say via the online survey to share your feedback.

About the project

The Enoggera Creek Sport and Recreation Precinct is a valuable active green space in a growing city that offers many active and healthy outcomes to the community. 

Future planning will help ensure the ongoing vibrancy and sustainability of the precinct for sport and recreation participants, local residents, businesses and visitors, and manage amenity for people living in the suburbs surrounding these parks.

The Draft Precinct Plan guides future investment, growth and management of this popular sport and recreation destination, guided by community feedback.

Council’s long-term plan will deliver a precinct that:

  • fosters Brisbane’s active, healthy, and outdoor lifestyle within a popular inner-city precinct
  • creates community connections catering to all ages and abilities
  • protects Brisbane’s natural habitat while improving inner-city parks
  • promotes flood resilience, stormwater management and connection to Enoggera Creek.
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The revised Draft Sub-Precinct Plans

Due to the Enoggera Creek Sport and Recreation Precinct spanning across 52-hectares, the Draft Precinct Plan is divided into three sub-precincts:

  • West Precinct – including Spencer Park, McCook Park and Wilson Recreation Reserve (Mark Street)
  • Central Precinct – including Finsbury Park and Langley Avenue Park
  • East Precinct – including Downey Park, Rasey Park, Victor Park and Northey Street Park.

Download the Draft Sub-Precinct Plans

Download the revised Draft Sub-Precinct Plans for each precinct area.

West Draft Sub-Precinct Plan

Central Draft Sub-Precinct Plan

East Draft Sub-Precinct Plan

Project timeline

Stage

Late 2018 – early 2019

Initial consultation to gather insights on how the precinct is valued and used by stakeholders.

Stage

2019 – 2020

Draft Precinct Plan prepared based on community feedback and input.

Stage

March – April 2021

Draft Precinct Plan released for consultation with sporting groups, local residents and community.

Stage

November 2021 – February 2022

Consultation on the revised Draft Precinct Plan with sporting groups, local residents and community.

Community engagement 

Current round of consultation

The current round of community consultation will be extended to Monday 28 February 2022. Council is seeking feedback on the revised Draft Precinct Plan before the closing date.

Have your say on the revised Draft Precinct Plan by completing our online survey. Your response will help shape the planning and future staging of works for this well-used precinct, home to a range of sporting, recreation and community activities.

Talk to the Planner sessions

The Talk to the Planner sessions provided an opportunity to meet with the Project Team in-person and review the revised Draft Precinct Plan, ask questions, and share feedback.

These sessions were held in late November 2021.

If you missed one of these sessions and would like to talk to the Project Team, you can request a call back by contacting Council's Contact Centre on 07 3403 8888 or email the project team before Monday 28 February 2022.

Previous round of consultation March – April 2021

In March 2021, Council released the first version of the Draft Precinct Plan to the community for consultation.

Download the first version of the Draft Precinct Plan released in March 2021.

The Draft Precinct Plan, comprised of three Draft Sub-Precinct Plans (Central, East and West) and was developed from key themes identified from early engagement with the community and Council’s lessees.

Council used a variety of methods to gather community feedback:

  • Your City Your Say website, including an online survey
  • 8,000 newsletters were distributed to households and businesses in the vicinity of the precinct (including Wilston, Windsor and Newmarket suburbs). The newsletter contained the proposed Draft Precinct Plan, background project information, summary of engagement and feedback received to date, details to access the survey, and information about upcoming information sessions
  • three information sessions held at McCook Park, Northey Street City Farm Sunday Market and Northey Street Dog Park
  • outdoor corflute signage across the precinct.

Community and stakeholder feedback has been critical to the development of the Draft Precinct Plan. The community’s detailed comments and input has been valued in refining the vision for Draft Precinct Plan and enabling the project team to develop a long-term vision for this important sport and recreation precinct.

Council would like to thank all sporting clubs, residents and community members who have had their say in earlier rounds of consultation for this project on the preliminary community engagement in 2018 and the Draft Precinct Plan in March–April 2021.

Your feedback has shaped and refined the vision for this popular and important sport and recreation precinct and has informed the latest revised Draft Precinct Plan.

Council is committed to keeping the community informed and updated about this project as it progresses.  

Consultation Report

For a summary of all consultation activities to date, download the report in your preferred format:

Next steps

Council will continue to work with the local community, residents, park users, sporting groups and community organisations to better understand sport and recreation participation and facility requirements and parkland uses to further refine and inform the Precinct Plan.

Council is keen to ensure that the vision being developed represents the participation needs and facility requirements for sport and recreation as well as meeting the community’s expectations.

These recommendations will not commit Council or tenants to their implementation. However, once finalised, the plan will support Council and the community to seek grant funding and other investment opportunities to support the realisation of the plan and the vision becoming a reality.

Frequently asked questions

Developing the plan

What is a precinct plan and how does it differ to a detailed design?

Preparing a precinct plan is the first stage in the long-term planning process for the Enoggera Creek Precinct. The Enoggera Creek Sport and Recreation Draft Precinct Plan provides a long-term vision for how the parkland area could grow and improve over time, proposes design principles, and outlines strategies to cater for user needs.

The Precinct Plan will guide future investment, growth and management of the precinct, and is guided by feedback from sporting clubs, associations and bodies, local residents and community members.

What are the next phases of the project?

The precinct planning process has commenced another round of stakeholder and community consultation. This round of consultation opened on Monday 8 November 2021 and will close on Monday 28 February 2022.

Community and key stakeholder feedback will be reviewed following consultation, with key themes and feedback collated and then considered in 2022.

How can I have my say?

There are many ways to share your feedback on the Draft Precinct Plan: 

When will the plan be implemented?

Staging the implementation of the Precinct Plan is dependent on the availability of funding.

The Precinct Plan will support Council and the community to seek grant funding and other investment opportunities to support realisation of the plan. Investment from sporting clubs and community organisations will also be important to the implementation of the Precinct Plan.

The implementation of the Precinct Plan will consider the sequencing of individual items on the plan in addition to ones that depend on the completion of other works beforehand. This ensures sporting clubs and community organisations can advance non-dependant items while contributing to achieving the long-term vision for all precinct users.

How can I stay up-to-date about the precinct planning process?

To stay up to date with the project, register for email project updates.

Has there been any consideration of the proposed development at Ballymore?

Ballymore, home of Queensland Rugby Union, is currently being redeveloped under joint funding from the Australian Government and Queensland Government. Although in the vicinity of the precinct, Ballymore is outside of the study area of the Enoggera Creek Sport and Recreation Precinct Plan.

What contribution has the Australian Government made to the development of the Precinct Plan?

In 2018, the Australian Government committed $100,000 from the Community Development Fund for Council to develop a strategic plan for the Enoggera Creek Precinct. Council, in partnership with the Australian Government, is delivering a legacy project for the precinct that guides future investment, growth and management of this popular sport and recreation destination, guided by community feedback.

Technical studies

How are parking, flood, noise and light impacts being addressed?

Flood mitigation, traffic, and precinct operational and management strategies will be developed to ensure the Precinct Plan minimises any adverse impacts on areas in and around the precinct.  Potential for noise and light spill impacting residents and wildlife will be identified and minimised through the detailed design of this project, once the project progresses to this stage following the allocation of funding commitments. Council will continue to keep the community informed as these projects progress.

Why are additional car parks being proposed?

The number of off-street car parks required in the precinct are identified by Council’s Transport, Access, Parking and Servicing Planning Scheme Policy in Brisbane City Plan 2014 and are determined by the land use type – for example, outdoor sport and recreation.

However, in response to community feedback, Council has reduced the proposed car parking provisions across the precinct by enhancing the focus on the improved active transport connections to and from the precinct.

Are there any road upgrades proposed as part of the Draft Precinct Plan?

While there are no proposed road upgrades, traffic management and access to the parklands and precinct are being reviewed as part of the planning process. Entry and exits – both vehicle and pedestrian – will be assessed to ensure safe access to the precinct for everyone.

Land use and zoning

Is Downey Park a women’s only precinct?

Council acknowledges that since 1931, Downey Park has been strongly associated with the development of women's sport in Brisbane, and is a heritage place dedicated to the advancement of women's sporting aspirations. Despite its significant history, Downey Park is a precinct for everyone (both men and women) to play and participate in sport. While the proposed use of Downey Park may result in the introduction of other sports and upgraded facilities, the historical importance and history of women’s sport will continue to be acknowledged, along with the park’s continued importance in the provision of women’s sport.

Why does Council take a precinct approach rather than design parks individually?

Precinct Plans are created to guide the future development and investment that may occur over many years. They provide an evidence and standards-based approach to achieve efficiencies through multi-use of sports fields, optimising the capacity and utilisation of sporting facilities, while managing traffic and parking demands and protecting recreation and greenspaces. Precinct plans provide structure and a balance between meeting complex policy requirements and providing cost effective development. Any balancing of conflicting objectives is made in favour of net community benefit and sustainable development.

Why is park zoning/classification important?

Park classification is a park planning and management framework that clearly defines different categories or classes of park based on function and level of use.

Park classification describes the existing and/or intended primary functions of a park and indicates the fundamental purpose for which a park should be used.

The zone precincts reflect the hierarchy of Council’s parks and the level of development that sites can sustain given their location, accessibility, and proximity to sensitive land uses. Each zone precinct defines the level of use or scale of development that a park is intended to receive and is capable of sustaining. It includes consideration of the likely extent of user catchment, park size and capacity for sustained visitation. This is an important component in planning and managing the park or community facility network, as it describes the level to which a park can be developed without impacting on the integrity of the intended use and sustainability. The zone precincts are:

  • Metropolitan zone precinct – a major park (including regional) with a high level of infrastructure that caters for major events and high levels of use over long periods
  • District zone precinct – a park with a medium-to-high level of infrastructure that caters for a medium-to-high level of use at peak times
  • Local zone precinct – a park with a low level of infrastructure that caters for a low level of use.

What are the classifications of the parks in the precinct?

The parkland in the precinct area is included in two zones – the Open Space Zone, and Sport and Recreation Zone. The majority of land included in the Sport and Recreation Zone is included in the district zone precinct. The catchment area for a district-wide sports park attracts users from the surrounding district (for example, from between two to five kilometres).

The City Plan 2014 has identified the majority of the parkland in the precinct’s study area as having a district-wide function, while Downey Park, Victoria Park and Northey Street Park have a metropolitan-wide function. 

A metropolitan park caters for high levels of use over long periods and major events that generally attract users from across the Brisbane metropolitan area (for example, 10 or more kilometres or 30 minutes driving distance).

Previous consultations

How has Council previously engaged with the community about this project?

The following consultation phases have been undertaken for the project:

  • initial consultation and concept development with residents, general community, park users and stakeholders from October to December 2018
  • preliminary investigations and meetings with key stakeholders, sporting and community groups occurred in 2018, 2019 and again in November and December 2020
  • consultation with residents and the general community, park users and stakeholders in March and April 2021.

How can I learn more about previous consultation for the project?

For a summary of all consultation activities to date, download the consultation report.

Project documents and resources

Access and read project newsletters and previous draft plans.

More information

If you would like to find out more about the project, you can:

Last updated: 19 January 2022
Topics: wilston