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

Upcoming works in Jindalee

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

This will involve the installation of concrete piers either side of 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.

Connection works are also planned at the Jindalee shaft near the scout hall to enable connection of the pipeline to the existing water and sewer networks following the 'pull through'.

What's happening?

From Monday 19 March 2018, crews will be working in Pioneer Belz Park off Kooringal Drive to install a new sewer across Jindalee Creek. 

The work is expected to take about four to six weeks (subject to weather and site conditions). Working hours are Monday to Friday between 7am and 5pm.

Temporary bikeway diversions
For the safety of the public, the shared Jindalee Creek pathway/bikeway will need to be diverted from time to time during construction.

Please see below, and refer to the signs at entry points to the area for upcoming closure dates, which will be posted in advance whenever possible. Diversions during school holidays will be anytime between 7am and 5pm. Outside school holidays, diversions can be expected anytime between 9am and 3pm.

Please follow the detour signs and take travelling through the area.

Upcoming dates for bikeway diversion
  • 9am to 3pm Thursday 26 April 2018 (subject to weather and site conditions)
  • 9am to 3pm Friday 27 April 2018 (subject to weather and site conditions)

What to expect 

  • Noise and dust from truck movements and construction machinery, reversing beepers and generators.
  • Changed traffic conditions and temporary fencing in the area. For the safety of the public, there will be temporary diversions of the shared pathway/bikeway from time to time during construction. Please take care and observe signage and directions from traffic controllers.
  • Trimming and removal of some trees, shrubs and vegetation in accordance with Council permits. Trees will be replaced in approved areas following the work, with specimens and location to be determined in consultation with the Jindalee Creek Bushcare Group.
  • Temporary restoration of affected areas to allow for continued use until the work is complete. Final restoration will occur after all work is complete. 
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

During March 2018, a new 100m sewer pipe was installed in Kingfisher Park, followed by temporary restoration.

Following completion of the ‘pull through’ in the coming months, 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.


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, Pioneer Belz Park off Kooringal Drive, and near the scout hall at 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 near work sites
  • Increase in truck movements around Kingfisher Park and Pioneer Belz Park.

How will impacts be managed?

We will work closely with residents impacted by construction during the project, as well as:
  • Monitoring noise and dust to ensure work methods are appropriate.
  • Placing barriers and signage around work areas.
  • Using traffic management to ensure the safety of cyclists, pedestrians and drivers.
  • Truck movements will be restricted to no later than 6pm daily to minimise noise during night work.
  • Temporarily restoring affected areas to allow for continued use while work is in progress.
  • Reinstatement of Kingfisher Park, Kenmore, Pioneer Belz Park off Kooringal Drive, and the area behind the Scout Hall in Jindalee 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. 

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