Environmental Interactions: Oxley Creek

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"Ambiwerra", the sporting fields of St Aidan's Anglican Girls' School, is contained within a meander of Oxley Creek.

The area floods during major floods in the Brisbane River, as in 2011, 1974 and 1893.

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Comments (9)

jeff_msn123 on March 29, 2012

Beautiful place. LIKE

Cheers from Hong Kong, Jeff

bdeh on March 30, 2012

Blue tennis courts Ian, never seen before. Greetings Berend

Ian Stehbens on March 31, 2012

Greetings Jeff. Thanks again for your visit and encouragement. This part of Brisbane has attractive residential areas that are well serviced by suburban rail and therefore very accessible to the CBD. Adjacent to it are extensive parklands on the flood plain of Oxley Creek.


Ian Stehbens on March 31, 2012

Greetings *Berend. Yes, they are blue tennis courts, but so is the surface of Rod Laver Arena at the Melbourne home of the Australian Open.

I'll have to encourage you to be watching the Australian Open in January next.



bdeh on April 1, 2012

I knew about the blue court in Melbourne Ian, but that's "inside". I'd never seen this before outside. But in the Netherlands most courts are clay courts or artificial grass. We're watching every year matches of the Ausssie open. Greetings Berend

Ian Stehbens on April 2, 2012

Greetings Berend. Thanks for your reply. Through these chats, you educate me. I have just checked the Brisbane Tennis Centre on GE, by moving the image on this page. It is 2kms to NE of this photo location, and is situated in Tennyson on the banks of the Brisbane River. I note that most of their outdoor courts are hard-courts and are blue (15), too. They have 4 clay courts and 2 lawn courts as well.

And next January when you are watching the Australian Open, remember I am in the TV grandstand with you!!



bdeh on April 2, 2012

I flew to it by GE and found it Ian, but I also found Tennis Mason with green courts. Greetings Berend

Ian Stehbens on April 2, 2012

Here's our answer, Berend: television audiences in NL watching the Australian Open can see the ball more clearly when the surface is blue.

"Tennis courts are usually green, and for this reason you may be wondering if there are any disadvantages to playing on blue tennis courts such as the ones that were introduced by the United States Tennis Association at the U.S. Open in 2005. Though you may be skeptical of the new color, blue tennis courts are actually quite comparable to green courts in terms of ball visibility and ball bounce.

"There are three main types of tennis court surfaces: grass, clay and hard courts. Wimbledon is a tournament on grass, and the courts are green. The French Open is a tournament on clay, and the courts are red. Finally, The U.S. Open and the Australian Open are tournaments on hard courts, which used to be green. However, in 2005 the USTA decided to revamp the U.S. Open hard courts, and changed the color from green to blue. The shade of blue is referred to as "U.S. Open Blue" due to its origins. The Australian Open followed suit in 2008, changing tennis court colors from green to blue._

Both the U.S. Open and the Australian Open implemented blue tennis courts to make it easier for television viewers to see the ball, since blue has high contrast with the yellow tennis balls. If you are accustomed to playing on green courts, however, you may be concerned that as a player the color change will make it more difficult to see the ball. Yet blue courts "have been tested and proven to enhance visibility of the ball for both players and fans," according to USTA executive Arlen Kantarian.

SOURCE: Adrian Budhram on Livestrong.com

Presumably, you won't be seeing Tennis Mason courts on Dutch TV.


bdeh on April 3, 2012

Thanks for the explanation Ian. Greetings Berend

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