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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

Activities are located at Station Avenue, Frederick Street, Progress Park and Nudgee Road.  See the More Information tab for the latest updates.

The project construction hours are from 6.30am to 6.30pm Monday to Friday, subject to weather and site conditions.

Station Avenue 

Station Avenue was closed on Thursday, 11 January and will remain closed until further notice. 

Station Avenue, Northgate, is closed to through traffic during construction activities for Cannery Creek Sewer Upgrade project.

Station Avenue, Northgate, is closed to through traffic during construction activities for Cannery Creek Sewer Upgrade project.

This closure will assist large vehicle access into the Cannery Creek alignment to prepare for the start of the earthworks.

We thank you for your continued patience during these temporary closures.

Frederick Street

Construction of the new wet weather pump station is progressing well using a method called sunken caisson construction. 

Progress Park –  Paterson Parade

The site fencing has been established in Progress Park and the park facilities remain open to the public.

Site fencing has been established in Progress Park, and the park facilities remain open to the public.

The area towards the creek will be used during the Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) process and to store pipes required as part of the installation of the new rising main within the creek footprint.

Nudgee Road

The site has been fenced and  site offices have been installed.

On the southern side of Nudgee Road, across from the site compound, an area is being prepared to place the horizontal drill machine and ancillary equipment to drill under Nudgee Road.

What can I expect?

  • 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 

Visit the Cannery Creek Sewer Upgrade page on our community hub, WaterTalk, for more project images and information.

 

Project Design

Wet weather flows will be screened in a new underground screening chamber which will be built near Station Avenue. The new wet weather pump station in the industrial area on the opposite side of Cannery Creek will operate during significant rainfall events to divert the wet weather flows along the underground pipeline to a new wetland and bioretention basins, which will act like nature’s filter, trapping sediment and absorbing nutrients.

The diluted wastewater will then be diverted along the underground pipeline to a new wetland and bioretention basins, which will act like nature’s filter, trapping sediment and absorbing nutrients.

Nearby, Cannery Creek is fed by stormwater and will be rehabilitated by creating a series of sediment basins to manage and filter flows, to protect downstream waterways and Moreton Bay from the impacts of soil and sediment.

The creek banks and surrounding area will also be beautified, with new shared paths and a new public footbridge providing access for the community to enjoy.

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

Click here to see the final design.   
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. The SPS is being built underground in Frederick Street.

Project delivery

Delivered in stages, the next works will include:

  • Install the new sewer rising main along the creek from the Station Avenue pedestrian bridge to Nudgee Road
  • Install the weir wall near Station Avenue
  • Create the construction access path along the creek
  • Install footpaths and a foot bridge
  • Prepare the HDD sites to install the rising main beneath Nudgee Road and Southern Cross Way.

 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

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