How to make our streets water smart

As part of the What's your nature?  initiative, Brisbane City Council is installing 100 WaterSmart Street Trees around Brisbane between now and 2017.

The trees will be planted using water sensitive urban design principles, enabling stormwater to be directed to and filter through street tree pits before entering the waterway. 

This is an innovative way to help reduce stormwater pollution by capturing pollutants before they enter Brisbane creeks and waterways.

Through its pilot water smart street trees program, Council is striving towards its 2031 vision of being: 

  • a clean, green city
  • and a well-designed, subtropical city

The first seven of these trees were planted in August 2014 outside All Hallows School in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane.

This project is just one example of how the partnership is working towards achieving cleaner, healthier creeks and green spaces, and shading our urban streets for the benefit of the whole Brisbane community.