Project details

Sunday, 05 October 2014 23:51
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People come to Arnwood Place for all sorts of reasons: to take the dog for a walk, to spot turtles from the bridge, to enjoy the sounds of different bird calls or to look for little fish in the creek.  Other people spend time at the playground in Jessica Andrews Place, drop kids off at child care, or play football in Ekibin Park South.  To N4C, Arnwood Place is where Sandy Creek joins the main channel of Norman Creek, and where a massive rehabilitation project was started 14 years ago.  You can be part of it! 

Current involvement

Arnwood Place Bushcare Group meets here almost every week to do weed control and plant native species; planting season is March to June.  This volunteer work is supervised by Habitat Brisbane, part of Brisbane City Council.  Our priorities are control of weedy vines, and gradual increase in native trees, shrubs and ground covers.  We retain some weedy areas to provide cover for birds and small animals, and we try to avoid excess disturbance to creek banks in flood season.  A species list has been drawn up by a botanist to guide us in our plantings.  New volunteers are welcome - see below for contact details.

Background of the project

In the 1990s, there were very few trees on the site, but there was a large growth of weeds in and around the creek.  In 2001 and 2003 N4C, Council and the local community undertook a very large rehabilitation project, putting pools and rockbars in Sandy Creek and planting thousands of plants.  Key goals were improving habitat, controlling erosion and involving the local community.  Minimising flood risk was another key consideration.

A bushcare group maintained the area for some years, but subsequently, weedy vines climbed into the canopy in some areas and a number of trees died.  In 2012 a new group was formed.

Future of the project

We hope that any empty or weedy areas will again be filled with native riparian vegetation, providing habitat for native animals and a more beautiful environment for local residents and visitors.

Birds and Animals at Arnwood Place

Click here to see a list of animals seen at our site. Arnwood Place has been visited by our Baseline Ecological Monitoring team.

Where is Arnwood Place?

Arnwood Place is a site in Annerley near the street of the same name, which comes off Ekibin road near Lewisham Street. Norman Creek flows from Greenslopes under the freeway, and is then joined by Sandy Creek, which comes from Tarragindi through Barr Street Park. The creek passes under Arnwood Place bridge and behind Jessica Andrews Place, then past Ekibin South football field.  At the northern end of the site, the creek flows into a concreted channel towards Stones Corner.

Project contact details

Working bees are normally every Saturday afternoon, from 2.00 pm (later in warmer weather).  There is no need to attend weekly - you choose how often you would like to participate.  Training provided.  Wear sensible clothes, strong shoes and a hat; bring a water bottle.  Contact Stephanie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or check our Facebook Page.


  • Doing bushcare and can't remember where that zone is?  Here's a map.
  • What species are we planting?  Usually these ones.
  • In 2012, a strategic plan was developed for Arnwood Place, by Ashley Nicholson, landscape architect.  You can download it here (10MB).

Map of our area

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Membership makes a difference for our lobbying efforts. Help by planting, pulling weeds or pushing a pen. It takes a range of individuals to get our creeks back into shape and educate future generations.

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Report environmental damage

Did you see something happen to our waterway?

If you see oily water, dead fish, dumping of rubbish, garden waste or tree removal on a creek bank, contact us or call Brisbane City Council 07 3403 8888

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