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Community leasing

The City makes a range of its properties available for not-for-profit community organisations to lease for sport, recreation, cultural or community purposes.

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Partnering for the best possible playing surface

Clubs and the City need to work closely together to ensure that the best possible playing conditions for any grass field are maintained throughout the season, including adequate lighting.

Carefully controlled use and proper, effective maintenance of our sports fields ensures maximum usage, an acceptably-high level of field quality, and an improved sport experience for all participants.

Particular care must be taken not to over-use a field during bad weather. Careful use of high-wear areas (e.g. goal mouths and centre areas) should be monitored at all times, with training drills confined to other, low-wear areas.

Key points to outline to your coaches and players to ensure best possible outcome include:

  • rotate use of all areas
  • abide by wet weather closures
  • fill holes as soon as possible (City of Gold Coast supply sand/soil to club free of charge)
  • report issues
  • teach the kids to respect the fields early and they will for life.

Field maintenance and renewal

The City undertakes the following renovation activities:

Annual field maintenance (fields remain open) – the City invests funding to maintain our sports field properly to ensure surfaces can withstand extended high use and that a safe playing environment for members and other users is provided.

Annual field renovation program (require ground closure period of 10 to 16 weeks) – this program ensures the fields are in a safe and useable playing condition. It usually occurs between September and December as this is the ideal growing period.

Visit our Sports field renovations schedule page for more information, including field closure dates by sports park.

Sports field lights

As stated in the Right of Use (RoU) Terms and Conditions, sports field lights must be turned off no later than 10pm, unless prior written consent is obtained through the City.

The City is responsible for the general maintenance of lighting. The extent of maintenance is coordinated through and at the discretion of the City’s Recreational Services section, which is dependent on funding and resources availability. Any damage, faults or operational issues should be promptly reported to the City.

The RoU permit holder is responsible for the electricity that it uses at the facility. In most cases, electricity costs will be in the name of and borne by the main RoU permit holder/lessee onsite. If there are multiple RoU permit holders using the lights, it is the main RoU permit holder/lessee’s responsibility to ensure the cost of lighting is shared appropriately.

Testing field lights

It is the main Right of Use (RoU) permit holder/lessee’s responsibility to undertake a LUX test (measure the light intensity on the sports fields) and send this information through to this office before the end of the year. Email rou@goldcoast.qld.gov.au.

Please note: ensure the lights are in working order before coordinating your fields' LUX test (i.e. turn the lights on and check that all globes are working and they are directed appropriately).

Report a problem

Clubs can report the following issues related to sports parks online:

  • maintenance of facilities and equipment
  • faulty lighting
  • cleaning required (e.g. barbecues, toilet blocks, playground equipment)
  • rubbish/litter
  • grass and weeds
  • fitness groups in parks and illegal use of sports fields
  • illegal camping.

Visit Report a problem - City parks and beaches for more information and to report your issue online.

Mobile App

City App, the City of Gold Coast mobile application (app) is a great way for sporting and community organisations to access a large range of the City’s online services including reporting issues with leased assets, sport field lights and sporting fields and facilities.

If you require assistance with City App, please contact us by email: cconlineservices@goldcoast.qld.gov.au.

If you have an urgent requirement, please call us on 07 5667 5821.

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