School sports events

Council has several state-of-the-art sporting fields that cater for a variety of sports, including rugby union, rugby league, softball, netball, baseball and cricket. These sporting fields are available for schools to use for low-impact sporting events. These events include:

  • school sports
  • cross country
  • interschool sports
  • district sports
  • term sports. 

Schools wishing to use a Council sports field will need to submit an application for approval. Council regulates these activities to ensure they are carried out safely while taking surrounding residents and other sport field users into consideration.

The criteria for low impact activities are:

  • 50 to 499 people
  • no amusement devices
  • no traffic management or parking restrictions. 

If your activity does not meet these above criteria you may need to submit an application for a different event permit. If you are unsure whether you need a permit or what type of permit to apply for, contact Council on (07) 3205 0555.

You need to submit an application at least eight weeks before the activity start date. Applications can be accepted up to 12 months in advance.

Once all supporting documents have been provided, your application will be reviewed and assessed under Local Law No 1 (Administration) 2011. Schedule 5(b). We may also consult with key stakeholders.

It may take up to 30 business days from assessment to decision once all supporting documents have been provided.

How to apply

Step 1.Choose a location

Choose from our most popular locations, or contact Council about using another location on (07) 3205 0555.

Step 2.Complete a risk management plan

Complete the Low impact risk management plan(DOCX, 30KB).

Step 3.Take out public liability insurance

Evidence of a current public liability insurance policy to the value of $20,000,000 must be provided with your application.

Step 4.Complete the school sports activity spreadsheet

Complete the School sports activity spreadsheet(XLSX, 13KB) to provide the activity dates, activity name, sports ground, fields, start and end times and estimated attendees if you require multiple dates and locations.

Step 5.Complete an application

Download and complete the School sports activity application form(PDF, 366KB) and submit along with your supporting documents:

Step 6.Pay a non-refundable application fee

A non-refundable application fee of T971 is payable at the time of application. Council will contact you for payment. Charities and not-for-profit organisations are exempt from paying fees. Evidence must be provided.

Resident sporting clubs may charge a small fee for use of their amenities.