South Bank Stormwater Harvesting and Reuse Centre Project


South Bank Stormwater Harvesting and Reuse Centre Project: Fact sheet (PDF - 262.6 KB)

About the project:

Project location: South Bank Park, Brisbane

Funding recipients: South Bank Corporation

Total Australian Government funding: $3,300,000 (GST exclusive)

Water savings: up to 77 ML/yr

The project involves capturing and reusing stormwater from a 30 hectare catchment, including parts of South Brisbane, for reuse within the South Bank parklands.

  • The completed stormwater project includes an interception pit, a concrete underground storage tank (known as the "Rain Bank"), a treatment plant and associated pipeline infrastructure.
  • The project has the potential to provide up to 89% of South Bank parklands irrigation demands and offset up to 77 megalitres (ML) per year.
  • An underground display area provides an opportunity for visitors to learn about stormwater harvesting and water conservation.

Project benefits/objectives:

  • To develop a substantial new source of water to maintain the South Bank parkland and improve its drought security; and
  • To offset 77 megalitres per year of potable water by harvesting and reusing stormwater.

Project progress:

The Rain Bank was officially opened by Her Majesty The Queen on Monday, 24 October 2011 in the presence of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, Senator Don Farrell, former Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water and Anna Bligh, former Premier of Queensland.

Final report:


Details of the South Bank Stormwater Harvesting and Reuse Centre project can be located at: