Brisbane Powerhouse dog off-leash area upgrade

Council is committed to creating more to see and do in a city that’s clean and green, and this includes improving the experience for the users of the Brisbane Powerhouse dog off-leash area.

Council is maintaining more than 2100 parks across the city with more created all the time. For the Brisbane Powerhouse dog off-leash area, with its high use and its trees heavily shading grassed areas have created some maintenance issues, especially dust and exposed dirt.

Community feedback indicated users and local residents are keen to see the dog off-leash area restored. Council is going to refurbish the dog off-leash area, with works taking place from August to early November 2019. Design is in the final stages, however Council would like to hear your feedback on the draft design.


Council is committed to creating more to see and do in a city that’s clean and green, and this includes improving the experience for the users of the Brisbane Powerhouse dog off-leash area.

Council is maintaining more than 2100 parks across the city with more created all the time. For the Brisbane Powerhouse dog off-leash area, with its high use and its trees heavily shading grassed areas have created some maintenance issues, especially dust and exposed dirt.

Community feedback indicated users and local residents are keen to see the dog off-leash area restored. Council is going to refurbish the dog off-leash area, with works taking place from August to early November 2019. Design is in the final stages, however Council would like to hear your feedback on the draft design.


  • Why do we need a dog park here?

    18 days ago

    • Brisbane City Council provides dog off-leash areas to enable dogs to run, exercise and socialise leash-free with other dogs and dog park visitors. 
    • Brisbane residents have embraced the city’s dog off-leash areas (dog parks), making them part of the fabric of local communities, allowing dog owners to enjoy our clean, green city.
    • Located next to the iconic Brisbane Powerhouse in New Farm, the Powerhouse Park is a very popular dog off-leash area, attracting many local dog owners as well as dog owners from across the greater Brisbane region.
    • The New Farm area, like many of our inner-city suburbs, includes areas of high population density with pet-friendly conditions. 
    • It is a priority for Council for all of its population to be able to access dog off-leash areas. 
    • The Brisbane Powerhouse dog off-leash area is one of our longest established parks and is vitally important to the community.

  • Why is Brisbane City Council doing work on the park?

    18 days ago

    • Council is maintaining more than 2100 parks with more created all the time.
    • The Brisbane Powerhouse dog off-leash area is a valued open space for dogs and dog owners to interact. Council is not considering a permanent closure to the park. 
    • Although large trees within the park provide much needed shade in summer, grass is unable to grow in these conditions, resulting in large areas of exposed soil. 
    • Dogs running over this surface creates dust and is a nuisance for users of the dog off-leash area and local residents. When Council mows the remaining patches of grass, excessive dust is kicked up and becomes airborne, and this has resulted in concerns raised by the patrons of this space. 
    • Council has regularly maintained this park since its opening, however, due to its popularity together with the low levels of direct sunlight it now means that we need to explore alternate options to properly restore the dog off-leash area and address community concerns.
    • Dog parks must be well designed to provide the best outcomes for park users and their animals, while minimising impacts to neighbouring properties.

  • When is the work on the dog park taking place?

    18 days ago

    Works to refurbish the dog off-leash area will commence in August 2019 and will be completed in early November 2019, weather and construction conditions permitting. 

  • Exactly what work is going to take place?

    18 days ago

    • Council is closing one entrance to limit impacts on nearby residents, install new seats, remove a small shelter and carry out turf remediation and install porous rubber under surface around trees with bench seating and irrigation. 
    • The draft design includes the closure of the entrance off Lamington Street and creating an entrance on the river side of the dog off-leash area.
    • A small shelter will be built in the south-east part of the park (see draft design).
    • A trellis will be installed to assist screening for nearby residents.
    • An irrigation system to assist with grass growing and the reduction of dust. 
    • The design will also take into account sustainability, durability, and enhanced maintenance considerations to reduce ongoing costs to the community.

  • Where should I take my dog to walk while the work is happening?

    18 days ago

    • A temporary dog off-leash area within Powerhouse Park will be created. This space will necessarily be smaller than the space currently available. 
    • Council is also opening a dog off-leash area in the Ivory Street roundabout in Fortitude Valley. 
    • Council is also opening a trial unfenced dog off leash area in Waterfront Park, Newstead.
    • Council has a number of dog off-leash areas which can be seen here.
    • For dog owners on the south side of the river you might like to visit Raymond Park, Kangaroo Point, Real Park, East Brisbane or Vectis Street Park, Norman Park.
    • For dog owners on the north side of the river you might like to visit Victoria Park, Herston or Crosby Park, Albion.

  • What will the park look like when the work is complete?

    18 days ago

    There are some aspects of the design that Council is still working on, but you can view the current plan here, and provide feedback here

  • How many trees are going to be cut down?

    18 days ago

    • Council is creating more to see and do in a city that is clean and green, and we’re protecting and expanding greenspace to make it easier for you to enjoy the lifestyle our great city has to offer.  
    • Council is proposing to remove five trees within the Brisbane Powerhouse dog off-leash area.
    • These include removal of a Poinciana tree growing under the canopy of another tree.  This tree is not thriving due to the lack of light. Council is also proposing to remove a Fig tree which is also compromising the health of another tree.
    • It is important to note, whenever a tree is removed and not been able to be relocated, it is the policy of Council to offset that removal by undertaking planting and restoration works across Brisbane. We are committed to a cleaner, greener Brisbane. 
    • Council will plant seven trees in nearby locations including New Farm Park, Merthyr Park and Newstead Park. The replanting of four of the trees in New Farm Park can be seen here.
    • This work is in line with Brisbane. Clean, Green, Sustainable 2017-2031, the Offsets and Restoration Program plays a vital role in helping Council achieve its goal of 40 per cent natural habitat cover on mainland Brisbane by 2031. More information available here.

  • Will there be other work done to trees in the park?

    18 days ago

    In line with the policy of corrective pruning, Council will undertake assessment of all the trees in the park to ensure the ongoing health and wellbeing of the trees. 

  • What kind of turf are you going to put in?

    18 days ago

    Council has a preference for TifTuf Bermuda turfgrass at this point in time.  

  • Why that particular turf?

    18 days ago

    TifTuf has high drought resistance, high wear resistance, low maintenance and reasonable shade tolerance. It also has strong root growth into cell structure.  

  • How much noise will there be during the work?

    18 days ago

    Throughout construction, Council expects trenching, bob-cat and truck deliveries at different stages. These are likely to produce medium noise levels during construction hours.

  • Will there be any odour during the work?

    18 days ago

    The exposed soil has led to low levels of odour from animal waste. The work done on the site will reduce the odour from the dog off-leash area, immediately and in the longer term.

  • Will any access be allowed to the park during the work?

    18 days ago

    Council has a Zero Harm policy, therefore no access will be permitted to the work site during the works due to safety risks.

  • What parts of the area will I be able to access?

    18 days ago

    The work site will have clear signage to where the work is happening and access is restricted, and where access is permitted.

  • Will any roads be closed during the work?

    18 days ago

    • There may be some disruption to road access while Council moves equipment in and out of site, however every effort will be made to keep the timing of this to cause the least amount of interruption to the day-to-day activities of residents and park users.
    • Council will develop a traffic management plan for the project. 

  • Will any birdlife or other wildlife be affected by the work?

    18 days ago

    • Council will do an assessment on the wildlife using/occupying the trees that have been identified for removal. 
    • If wildlife is likely to be affected or lose habitat, Council will make every effort to relocate them.

  • What happens if it rains or floods during the work you are going to do?

    18 days ago

    Any work such as this refurbishment undertaken by Council is necessarily prone to changing weather conditions. Council works very hard to ensure that deadlines are met.

  • I have a wedding ceremony booked at the Powerhouse. Will the work affect my ceremony?

    18 days ago

    Most weddings booked at the Powerhouse take place at times when work will not be carried out – Friday evenings, Saturdays and Sundays.

  • What about my wedding photos?

    18 days ago

    All areas around the Powerhouse itself which are frequently used for wedding photos will be unaffected by the work. New Farm Park will also be available as normal.

  • Will the work affect events at the Powerhouse?

    18 days ago

    • Council has had conversations with the Powerhouse about how works might affect events such as the Jan Powerhouse Farmers Markets and how Council can mitigate these impacts.
    • Other events at the Powerhouse will not be affected.

  • Will what I say make a difference?

    18 days ago

    Many aspects of the project such as the removal of the trees are not negotiable for the reasons given in the previous FAQs.  However, it’s important we understand the concerns of the community and suggestions will be reviewed for consideration in project planning. All comments received will be reviewed by the Field Services Branch.

  • How many workers will be on the site?

    18 days ago

    Council expects that there will be between six to eight workers on site at any given time during operational hours.

  • Will I be exposed to any health risks as a result of these works?

    18 days ago

    Council has undertaken a hazard and risk assessment for this project involving:
    • Natural hazards such as flooding, storm tide and landslide.
    • Construction hazards such as spills, encountering unknown contaminated land, erosion and sediment control issues, noise, dust, and spores from dog faeces. 
    • Operational hazards such as fire, personnel safety and inappropriate access and collisions.
    Council has concluded that there are very low health risks to both workers, visitors and neighbours as a result of this assessment. The site is not on the Queensland Government’s contaminated land register. 

    Council will minimise the exposure to dust and spores to workers and of visitors to the Brisbane Powerhouse Park by watering the site on a regular basis.

  • Who have you already talked to in the community about this project?

    18 days ago

    • Council is committed to working closely with local communities and dog owners to deliver quality park facilities.
    • Council has also had conversations with the Chief Executive Officer and other Powerhouse staff as mentioned in the previous FAQ.
    • We recognise there are many people living and working in the area who will be interested in this important project. We encourage you to share what you know about the dog off-leash area and we encourage you to put your comments here.