Shorncliffe Escarpment Priority Works Project

Brisbane City Council is pleased to announce priority works at Shorncliffe Escarpment will start in January 2023.

Project summary

This table provides information on the Shorncliffe Escarpment Priority Works Project in Deagon including address, ward, project outcomes and latest update.
Address Shorncliffe Escarpment
Ward Deagon
Project outcomes To stabilise the areas of the escarpment at greatest risk of failure.
Latest update Start of construction

About the project

The Shorncliffe Escarpment is a significant feature of Bramble Bay. Over recent years, the condition of the escarpment has declined, with erosion, bank destabilisation and poor vegetation health contributing to the deterioration.

To manage the health of the site and safety of visitors into the future, Council developed a management plan for the Shorncliffe Escarpment to nurture and protect this high-profile natural landscape feature. Read more about the Shorncliffe Escarpment Management Plan (SEMP)

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Priority works approach

The Shorncliffe Escarpment was impacted by the extreme weather event in February 2022, resulting in multiple landslips, collapse of staircases and footpaths and further damage to the upper and lower section of the escarpment. This created an increased risk to the natural environment and visitors.

Council undertook technical investigations following the February weather event to determine the impact on the escarpment. Risk has heightened in several areas and works have been reprioritised to address high risk sections of the site.

This project is jointly funded by the Australian Government and Brisbane City Council.

Priority works

The successful rehabilitation of the Shorncliffe Escarpment is a long-term plan and will rely on the community’s ongoing cooperation.  Our current works include:

Eagle Terrace  precinct

Status: Works underway

This section of the escarpment has suffered from erosion for several years, with damage exacerbated by the February 2022 severe weather event.

Works will start in January 2023, subject to weather and site conditions.

The intent of these works is to stabilise the area using a variety of erosion protection improvements, including reprofiling and planting a mix of coastal tolerant vegetation to help with slope stability. The works include:

  • stabilisation of the failed slope
  • removal of the old staircase to Lovers Walk
  • revegetation planting for the long-term stability of the slope
  • replacing the concrete footpath, including a new kerb ramp and removable bollards for maintenance access
  • creating a new lawn area with shade trees, seats, white heritage bollards and bins. The tree species is Moreton Bay Ash (Corymbia tessellaris) or similar, subject to availability.
  • a retaining wall supporting a new upper viewing terrace and balustrade
  • a new lower viewing terrace with viewing shelters, safety lighting and seating
  • a new staircase with handrails to Lovers Walk
  • weed removal and revegetation planting to the lower part of the slope
  • drinking fountains including dog water bowls
  • repairing the natural stairs from Eagle Terrace, near Signal Row, to Lover’s Walk.

Works will be fenced off during construction and traffic controllers will be on site to direct people who are utilising the path at the top of the escarpment. For your safety, please follow the direction of traffic controllers. 

These restoration works are expected to be completed by mid-2023.

In October 2022, Council contacted residents via letterbox drop inviting them along to information sessions about this project. This was an opportunity for the community to meet the project team to gain a better understanding of the project works and ask questions.

Council would like to thank residents that attended these sessions. We appreciate the time taken to provide the project team with local knowledge and suggestions regarding the current work packages.

Following these information sessions, Council considered the feedback received from members of the community and has made the following changes to the Eagle Terrace precinct design:

  • reducing the size of the lower viewing area pavement, including the removal of seating
  • increasing the grassed area on the upper viewing terrace
  • reducing the size of the viewing shelters
  • removing the proposed concrete pathway on the upper viewing terrace.

You can view the updated concept plan here

Cliff Street Park precinct

Status: Works upcoming

These works will occur along the upper edge of the escarpment from Cliff Street Park, at the intersection of Seymour and Cliff Streets, down to Curlew Street.

Works are expected to start in early 2023, subject to weather and site conditions.

Works will involve:

  • Replacing stormwater piping and connecting to existing drainage
  • A new stormwater gully on the road and connection to infrastructure

Works will be fenced off during construction and traffic controllers will be on site to direct people who are walking through the park. For your safety, please follow the direction of traffic controllers. 

These restoration works are expected to be completed by mid-2023. 

Frank Doyle Park precinct

Status: Works upcoming

The cliff face on the southern end of the escarpment, at the corner of Shorncliffe Parade and Allpass Parade, experienced significant erosion after the February 2022 severe weather event.

Works are expected to start in early 2023, subject to weather and site conditions.

Works to remediate this area include:

  • slope stabilisation using rock anchors with shotcrete
  • erosion protection measures to protect this slope from further damage

These restoration works are expected to be completed by mid-2023. 

    Shorncliffe Escarpment priority works locations

    Construction impacts

    Eagle Terrace precinct worksite

    During the works, residents and businesses near the escarpment may at times experience:

    • increased noise
    • vehicle movements
    • vibration and dust.

    Construction works will be undertaken during the day and will take place between 7am and 5pm, Monday to Friday, with Saturday works only as required. Council will make every effort to minimise impacts to the local community.

    Project documents

    More information

    If you would like to find out more about the project, you can:

    • phone the project team on 1800 884 681 during business hours
    • phone Council on 07 3403 8888 outside of business hours 
    • email the project team
    • write to:
      Shorncliffe Escarpment priority works project
      City Projects Office
      Brisbane City Council
      GPO Box 1434
      Brisbane Qld 4001.
    Last updated: 19 December 2022

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