Important Update: Introduction of a new sustainability initiative by Ipswich City Council
Council has taken the lead in environmental protection by stopping the release of helium balloons from Council owned or controlled land and Council organised or sponsored events.
In addition, Council will discontinue the use of single-use straws and single-use water bottles on Council owned or controlled land or at Council organised or sponsored events. Note that single-use water bottles will be permitted if there is an onsite recycling bin or facility for these bottles.
These new initiatives will start 1 August 2018.
Council has introduced these initiatives in response to community concern around the impacts of plastic on our environment. Plastic contributes to massive amounts of landfill and has a negative impact on wildlife and the environment, particularly in our waterways and oceans. Plastic does not degrade in landfill for at least 450 years and 79% of all the plastic waste ever created is still in our environment.
We appreciate that your event is important to you and would like to assist in making it a success. Events are also important to the Ipswich City Council, as they contribute to our local community by providing opportunities for economic growth and fostering community spirit.
Council has defined a major event as one where 2,000 or more participants are expected to attend. When organising an event of this size there are many things that need to be considered and arranged. In order to assist with the planning of your major event, Council encourages event organisers to attend a pre-lodgement meeting, which can be applied for by completing the online Major Event Pre-lodgement Form. This will gather general information about your proposed event which a Council officer will use as the basis for organising a pre-lodgement meeting between the event organisers and relevant Council staff.
If you wish to hold your event in one of Ipswich City Council’s many parks, reserves or facilities, Council's Parks Search facility is a great resource to help you find the ideal location suited to the requirements of your event.
Facilities such as playground equipment, strength and agility stations/exercise equipment, BBQs, natural areas, shelters and picnic areas are free for public use on a shared basis and cannot be reserved.
Other popular locations, such as sporting fields, halls, chapels and some open areas, have been set aside within parks and reserves specifically to cater for special activities and events and for commercial use.
Any use within these selected locations requires a permit or licence - please refer to the Permit and Licence Information page for further details and to the Fees and Charges page to find out the prescribed fee required to book a selected location.
For further information on holding an event in Ipswich, please contact Ipswich City Council at firstname.lastname@example.org or (07) 3810 6666.