What's happening?

Construction of the cross-river tunnel was completed in late-2017 and the project is nearing completion, with the new pipeline expected to be operational by mid-2018 (weather and site conditions permitting).

You can view the latest project newsletter here.

The remaining program of work involves:

  • Installation of the new cross-river water and sewer mains in the tunnel.
  • Grouting to secure the pipes in place.
  • Connection of the cross-river pipeline to the water and sewer networks.
  • Installation of a sewer rising main in Kingfisher Park, Kenmore.
  • Construction of a new sewer pipe (creek crossing) at Jindalee Creek.
  • Connection of the sewer creek crossing to a valve pit on Centenary Highway.
  • Relining an existing section of sewer main near the Centenary Highway.

Project look ahead

Installation of cross-river pipes
The new water and sewer pipes will be pulled through the tunnel in the second quarter of 2018. Following the ‘pull through’, the pipes will be grouted in place and connected to the network.

There will be activity at both shaft locations during these works – Kingfisher Park and Jindalee Scout Hall.

Upcoming works in Kenmore

In February 2018, works will start to install a new 100m sewer pipe in Kingfisher Park using open-trenching, followed by temporary restoration.

Following completion of the ‘pull through’, final connections will be constructed from the Kenmore shaft to the existing water and sewer networks.

There will be fencing and equipment in the park until the tunnel ‘pull through’ is completed.

Upcoming works in Jindalee

A sewer main will be built across Jindalee Creek, which runs adjacent to the Centenary Highway bikeway.

Construction is expected to start in March 2018 at Jindalee Creek, and will involve the installation of concrete piers either side of the creek, as well as a sewer pipe across the creek.

The sewer creek crossing will connect to a rising main via a valve pit on Centenary Highway. A section of the sewer main near the Centenary Highway will also be relined to ensure ongoing reliability.

Following completion of the ‘pull through’, final connections will be constructed from the Jindalee shaft to the existing water and sewer networks.

We will continue to work closely with Brisbane City Council and the Jindalee Creek Bushcare Group to minimise impacts to fauna and flora and coordinate rehabilitation of work areas.


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

Image: breaking through the shaft in Jindalee

Community impacts

  • Construction noise in Kingfisher Park, Kenmore and Mt Ommaney Drive, Jindalee, including the operation of machinery, truck movements, reversing safety beepers and generators.
  • Dust may be visible during excavation and backfilling activities and will be monitored and managed at the source, using water suppression as required.
  • Changed traffic conditions including reduced speeds on Gem Road and Sunset Road in Kenmore.
  • Increase in truck movements around Kingfisher Park

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 community.feedback@urbanutilities.com.au.
  • 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 community.feedback@urbanutilities.com.au. 

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