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Urban Utilities and our delivery partner, Fulton Hogan, has commenced the Cannery Creek Sewer Upgrade project. 

After exploring opportunities to improve wet weather management at Cannery Creek, a suburban waterway in the Northgate/Banyo catchment, nature-based solutions are at the heart of the way forward.

What we want to achieve
  • Reduce uncontrolled on property wet weather overflows
  • Manage risk to public in waterways to protect current uses
  • Deliver better environmental outcomes
  • Deliver all these with lower community costs

The upgrade project will be constructed in stages due to working in and around a waterway, subject to weather and site conditions.

What's happening

In early June 2022 environmental dust monitoring equipment was installed in the project area to capture existing background data. This monitoring will continue for the duration of this project.

From July 2022 site establishment and construction on the Cannery Creek Sewer Upgrade Project will commence.

The initial activities will start on Station Avenue, including:

  • Placement of temporary fencing and erosion and sediment controls (known as soil bund)
  • Establishment of the temporary site compound, office and supplementary portable buildings
  • Construction of a site entry point using the existing council gate access location
  • Installation of project signage
  • Installation of the screening chamber.

What to expect during construction

  • Delivery of machinery, materials and equipment into the site compound
  • Increased levels of localised noise and dust from the use of machinery and equipment
  • Increased construction vehicle movements on local roads and within the site compound
  • Work hours are Monday to Friday between 6.30am – 6.30pm with limited Saturday works from 7am-3pm.

Every effort will be made to keep disruption to a minimum for residents in proximity to the project working areas.

We appreciate your patience during these important works and will continue to update you as work progresses.

For more information about the project, please contact the project team on 1800 573 215 or email networks.community@fultonhogan.com.au

Click here for the latest project fact sheet or sign up for email updates on the Cannery Creek Sewer Upgrade project.

 

Concept Design

The concept design at July 2022 is well progressed, though there is more work to be completed before the final design is approved.

Urban Utilities and their delivery partner Fulton Hogan invited the local community to the recent Cannery Creek Sewer Upgrade Project’s community information day.  

Held on a soggy Saturday, 21 May 2022, we welcomed many local residents and some of the Community Planning Team who braved the wet conditions to see the current concept design.

With the project information set up in the Progress Park community hall, the project team talked with over 40 locals between 10am and 2pm, and welcomed your questions about the project. 

Click on each image below to zoom in on the current concept design for the Cannery Creek Sewer Upgrade project.

To see a digitised view of the current concept design, click here.

Overview

Near Station Avenue

Near Progress Park

What is the purpose of the screening chamber?

During extreme wet weather, the sewer network is infiltrated with stormwater and the network levels rise. Diluted wastewater flows through the chamber and activates the screening process before sending the screened water to the new pump station.

Why is a new wet weather sewerage pump station (SPS) needed?

The SPS will act as a standby pump station to minimise flows from the nearby sewer main during extreme weather events. A development application for the new SPS was submitted to Brisbane City Council in June 2022.

Project delivery

Delivered in stages, the next works will include:

  • Establish site off Nudgee Road. This area will be the project’s main site compound 
  • Prepare the HDD sites to install the rising main beneath Nudgee Road and Southern Cross Way
  • Install the weir wall near Station Avenue
  • Create the construction access path along the creek
  • Install footpaths and a foot bridge.

 Urban Utilities has been exploring opportunities to improve wet weather management at Cannery Creek in the Northgate/Banyo catchment, through nature-based solutions.

Cannery Creek catchment area

What we want to achieve:

  • Reduce uncontrolled on property wet weather overflows
  • Manage risk to public in waterways to protect current uses
  • Deliver better environmental outcomes
  • Deliver all these with lower community costs

We have explored two possible solutions: a traditional ‘grey infrastructure’ approach of building larger, more expensive pipes and a nature-based solution in the form of constructed wetlands that would naturally treat the overflow water before entering the creek.

The nature-based approach would achieve the same customer overflow, public health and environmental outcomes as the traditional solution but at a significantly lower cost.

Community Involvement

In 2019 Urban Utilities formed a Community Planning Team (CPT) made up of 23 self-nominated participants.

Collectively, the group represents a diverse demographic cross-section of the local area.

Our aim was to involve the community early in the process to help us design the most effective and efficient solution to wet weather overflows into Cannery Creek.

We also engaged external subject matter experts, covering topics such as sewer network upgrade options and costs, public health risk assessments, hydrodynamic modelling and water sensitive urban design.

The CPT also worked with landscape architects and stormwater treatment specialists to co-design the creek corridor they would like to see.

After several workshops and site visits in 2019/20, the CPT put forward a recommendation that Urban Utilities pursue a nature-based solution in the form of constructed wetlands.

Overall, the CPT provided overwhelmingly positive feedback on the engagement process, feeling they had been listened to and given a valuable opportunity to contribute to the recommended solution.

The Urban Utilities project team found the project similarly rewarding, achieving a clear understanding of the community’s needs and expectations.

The recommendations from the CPT have informed the development of the concept plans for the Cannery Creek Sewer Upgrade.

Developing the design

In February 2021 the project gained endorsement by the Urban Utilities board to progress to the next stage of works, best summarised as detailed design.

An Urban Utilities project team then scoped out the works to confirm the cost and method of the project delivery.

Over the 12 months to June 2022, Urban Utilities and our delivery partner Fulton Hogan have progressively been completing many of the on-site investigations, such as land surveying, soil/underground condition analysis and water quality sampling.

These investigations have run in parallel with work to secure land access, planning and environmental approvals, which are key to the project proceeding.

For more information on the upgrade project, please contact the project team on 1800 573 215 or email networks.community@fultonhogan.com.au

Click here for the latest project fact sheet or sign up for email updates on the Cannery Creek Sewer Upgrade project. 

 
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