Bundaberg Creek Sewerage Pipeline Protection Project

During the 2010/11 disaster event, the natural banks of Bundaberg Creek slumped and then further subsided following the January 2013 declared natural disaster.   This loss of embankment exposed trunk sewer main infrastructure to potential damage and environmental damage risk if it was broken.  Bundaberg Regional Council applied for funding to assist in re-instating and strengthening the lower creek embankment by carrying out tidal works in Bundaberg Creek to protect the sewerage infrastructure.  

The site of the works was located behind properties on Toonburra Street just south of the Kennedy Bridge over Bundaberg Creek on Bourbong Street East.  The works required Council to make application for, and receive, formal approval for Operational Works in the tidal zone. The upgrade works were designed and certified by a specialist geotechnical company and carried out by Earthtec Pty Ltd.  Works commenced on 25 February 2015 and were completed on 6 May 2015.  

The tidal works involved excavation and import of suitable granular and rock materials constructed over geofabric materials to build up and stabilise the lower embankment adjacent to the trunk sewer infrastructure.  Environmental controls were implemented and maintained during construction to minimise any impact to the natural creek vegetation and marine life in the vicinity of the work site.  Over time it is expected that via natural tide cycles and weather events this newly constructed area will become conductive to revegetation with local marine grasses and mangroves.  

While there was no impact to local or through traffic during the construction period, Council acknowledges the inconvenience to the adjacent property owners and business proprietors and appreciates their patience during this construction.  

The Bundaberg Creek Sewerage Pipeline Projection Project is a joint initiative of Bundaberg Regional Council and the Queensland Government and Commonwealth Government supported by the Natural Disaster Resilience Programs funding.