The tunnelling stage of the Kenmore-Jindalee Cross River Pipeline project is now underway.

What's happening?

Tunnelling is nearing completion with break-through of the tunnel borer into the shaft at Jindalee expected early next week (w/c 7 August 2017).  Approximately 530 metres of the 560 metre drive has now been completed.

Following break-through, there will be 3 days of continuous work (24hrs/day) at the worksite in Jindalee (behind the Scout Hall), to extract the tunnel borer from the shaft under hyperbaric conditions.

24 hour work hours are required to remove the tunnel borer as there is a risk of flooding the shaft during this operation and damaging the machine.

There may be noise impacts from crane movements onsite during night works.

You can view Kenji's progress on the interactive map below:


Image: The tunnel borer 'Kenji' being lowered into the launch shaft in Kingfisher Park, Kenmore

Image: Retreival shaft construction underway in Jindalee, behind the Scout Hall on Mt Ommaney Drive.

Project look-ahead

Once tunnelling is complete, the new water and sewer pipes will be constructed above ground in Kingfisher Park, Kenmore and ‘pulled’ through the tunnel.  The tunnel will then be filled with concrete grout to seal the pipes in place and the final connections to our existing networks made on each side.

 Over the coming months, further connection work in Jindalee will also take place, including installing a new aerial pipe over the creek behind Kooringal Drive, which will connect the new sewer main to existing infrastructure. Further updates will be provided as work is scheduled.

Community impacts

  • Construction noise in Kingfisher Park, including the operation of tunnelling machinery, truck movements including reversing safety beepers, and generators.
  • Dust may be visible during shaft excavation and backfilling activities and will be monitored and managed at source, using water suppression, as required.
  • Changed traffic conditions including reduced speeds on Gem Road and Sunset Road in Kenmore.
  • Lighting in Kingfisher Park during night works.
  • Increase in truck movements in Kenmore (please see truck route map below) with approximately 15 truck movements anticipated per day.

How will impacts be managed? 

We will work closely with residents impacted by construction during the project, as well as:

  • Monitoring noise levels to ensure work methods are appropriate.
  • A sound wall will be constructed around the worksite to suppress noise during night works.
  • Truck movements will be restricted to no later than 6pm daily to minimise noise during night work.
  • Directing site lighting away from residential properties.
  • Residents can call the project team at any time 24/7 on 1800 071 230 (free call) for assistance or information, or email
  • Full restoration of Kingfisher Park, Kenmore and the area behind the Scout Hall in Jindalee, including landscaping will be carried out on completion of the project.

Residents can call the project team at any time 24/7 on 1800 071 230 (free call) for assistance or information, or email us at 

Image: Shaft construction underway in Kingfisher Park, Kenmore 


    Work is underway on the Kenmore-Jindalee Cross River Pipeline to replace water and sewer infrastructure damaged in the 2011 floods and to ensure the sustainability of the network in the western suburbs.

    The major project includes the construction of water and sewer mains inside a tunnel that will be bored 10 metres beneath the Brisbane River, between Kenmore and Jindalee.

    Works on the project started in Jindalee in late August 2015. 

    We are aware of how highly you value your local park. We will ensure that any impacts on Kingfisher Park's amenity such as the removal of trees (approved by Brisbane City Council) to allow heavy vehicle access for deliveries and the removal of materials excavated from the tunnel will be addressed as part of site restoration at the end of the works.

    Installation valve chamber

    Installation of a valve chamber on Mt Ommaney Drive, Jindalee

    Start of the tunnel shaft construction


    Map of truck route from Kingfisher Park, Kenmore