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Works are underway to restore several locations along the Kedron Brook that were damaged in the February 2022 severe weather event.

Rebuilding and recovering the Kedron Brook and reconnecting the Kedron Brook Bikeway is one of our key priorities, and we have a prioritised roadmap to restore millions of dollars in damage.

About the restoration program

The Kedron Brook catchment comprises over 110 square kilometres of land in the north Brisbane suburbs of Ferny Grove, Mitchelton, Everton Park, Keperra, Enoggera, Stafford, Lutwyche, Kedron, Wooloowin, Clayfield, Nundah, Northgate, Toombul and Nudgee.

The Kedron Brook was one of the hardest hit locations by the February 2022 severe weather event, with key sections of the bikeway, creek and surrounding green spaces critically impacted.

Many of the flood impacts in the brook are a result of large volumes of fast flowing water, which resulted in erosion and sediment movement.

While these are natural processes in waterways, the sheer consistent volume and speed of water that resulted from this weather event contributed to damage across many locations in the Kedron Brook.  

Restoration approach

We have a three-stage approach to recover and restore the Kedron Brook:

Assessment and immediate make safe works

Complete  
After the flood, we cleaned, assessed and made safe impacted areas along the Kedron Brook.

Restoration and reconnection works

In progress – mid-2022 to late 2022
We are completing works across the Kedron Brook to rebuild and restore damaged locations.

Longer-term improvements at key locations

Mid-2022 onwards

After the flood, we worked hard to clean, assess and make flood-impacted areas safe. Works to remove significant levels of debris, sediment and mud began as soon as it was safe to do so, and we have re-opened most of the bikeway and green spaces.

Lighting and electrical infrastructure was also significantly impacted by flood waters and we are switching lights back on when it is safe to do so.

Some sections of the Kedron Brook corridor were critically impacted by flood waters and remain closed until we complete restoration and reconnection works.

We have a prioritised roadmap to recover the Kedron Brook and works are underway to restore millions of dollars’ worth of damage.

While our current focus is to rebuild and restore areas that have eroded and reconnect pathways with a focus on flood-resilient design, at some locations, we are investigating additional longer-term solutions to improve flood resilience and active transport outcomes.

You can see each of the restoration locations on the map below and read more about our works further down the page.  

Kedron Brook restoration locations

Restoration works

Our current reconnection and restoration works include: 

Kedron Brook Bikeway – Creek crossing at Royal Parade

Status: Works complete

We started works to reconnect the Kedron Brook Bikeway between Royal Parade and Stafford City Shopping Centre in early April and re-opened the creek crossing on 10 June 2022.

The existing bridge over the Kedron Brook at this location was buried by sediment and sand after the flood event, and the adjoining concrete pathways destroyed by flood waters.

Image: Royal Parade bridge and pathways buried by sediment

Given the complexity of damage in this location, we completed the reconnection and restoration in stages.

  1. Reinstated the original flow of the creek and redistribute sediment and sand
  2. Detailed assessments of the bridge structure and adjoining pathways
  3. Minor bridge repairs and reconstruction of adjoining pathways
  4. Landscaping works

With the creek crossing re-opened to the public in early June, we will be continuing works over the coming months to finish mulching, planting and minor landscaping in the area around the bridge.

Image: Bridge reopened

Bedford Street – Embankment rehabilitation

Status: Works nearly complete at 87 Bedford Street, works upcoming at 65 Bedford Street

The embankment on the northern side of the Kedron Brook, adjacent to Bedford Street, experienced significant localised erosion at two sites during the severe weather event. This includes adjacent to 87 Bedford Street and 65 Bedford Street.

After the flood waters receded, we installed immediate temporary erosion controls at these two sites to ensure the safety of the community and to help prevent further erosion.

We started embankment rehabilitation works at the site near 87 Bedford Street in early June and are expecting to complete this in July 2022. Works at the site near 65 Bedford Street are expected to start in July and take up to two months to complete.

Works at these sites generally include:

  • using a mixture of mulch, soil, rocks and waterway sediment to reconstruct the embankment
  • erosion protection improvements, including planting a variety of native water tolerant plants and trees, and jute matting to assist while the plants are establishing.

When works are completed at each site, fencing and signage will be removed, and the greenspace will reopen.

Johnston Street – embankment rehabilitation

Status: Works nearly complete

The embankment on the northern side of the Kedron Brook, at the end of Johnston Street in Gordon Park experienced significant erosion after the flood event.

We installed temporary erosion controls at this site after the flood event, including tarps and sandbags, to stabilise the site and prevent further erosion.

Works are underway to remediate this site and includes using a range of materials to rebuild the eroded embankment to improve stability.

This includes:

  • a mixture of mulch, soil, rocks and waterway sediment to reconstruct the embankment
  • erosion protection improvements, including planting a variety of native water tolerant plants and trees, and jute matting to assist while the plants are establishing.

We are expecting to finish works at the end of Johnston Street in July 2022.

Kedron Brook Bikeway – Wolverhampton Street creek crossing

Status: Works upcoming

The existing creek crossing near Wolverhampton Street in Grange/Stafford was destroyed in the flood event. The embankment on the eastern side of the Kedron Brook experienced severe erosion and portions of the culvert crossing and adjoining concrete pathway washed away.

Image: Damage at the Wolverhampton Street creek crossing

We know it is important to reconnect this section of the Kedron Brook Bikeway and we are planning works to start works in the coming weeks to rebuild the culvert crossing at this location.

While we are focussing our immediate efforts on reconnecting the bikeway here, we are also investigating potential design options to upgrade this creek crossing location with a long-term, flood resilient structure that improves connectivity for walkers and riders. More information about this will be provided as it becomes available. 

Kedron Brook Bikeway – Corbett Park at Uxbridge Street

Status: Works upcoming

A section of Kedron Brook Bikeway in Corbett Park, behind Uxbridge Street, was destroyed by flood waters and localised erosion. The volume and velocity of water moving through the brook, along with run-off from a large stormwater outlet nearby this pathway, resulted in this erosion and the damage at this location.

We are planning works in the coming months to rebuild and restore the eroded embankment and reconstruct the concrete pathway.

As part of the design, we are focussing on resilient design features to improve stability of the embankment, including planting, ground stabilising mesh, ground compaction and large rocks.

These restoration and reconnection works are expected to be completed before the end of 2022. 

More details about the works will be provided as we move closer to construction.

Kedron Brook Bikeway – Walter Bourke Park creek crossing

Status: Works underway

The culvert crossing and surrounding land at Walter Bourke Park in Gordon Park was damaged by flood waters and has remained closed to ensure the safety of the community. There has been significant erosion on the northern bank of the brook, and a large stormwater drain adjacent to Kate Street/Shamrock Street was also damaged during the flood.

Image: Damage to the creek crossing and northern embankment in Walter Bourke Park

While these portions of Walter Bourke Park remain fenced off, people walking through the area should use Kate Street and Tindal Street to connect between the Kedron Brook dog off leash area and the green space at the end of Johnston Street. Signage is in place on site to help direct you around this area.

Works are underway at this location and will take up to two months to complete, weather and site conditions permitting.

Works will involve:

  • rebuilding the eroded embankment with rocks, compacted earth and mulch
  • repairing damaged sections of the culvert, handrails and adjoining concrete paths to reinstate a safe creek crossing
  • planting a variety of native water tolerant plants and jute mesh to assist with resilience on the rebuilt embankment.

Kalinga Park – rail underpass and culvert crossing

Status: Works complete at rail underpass, works underway at culvert crossing

Two locations in Kalinga Park, Clayfield were damaged by flood waters, including the rail underpass east of Diggers Drive, and a culvert creek crossing to the east of the rail line.

We completed works and reopened the rail underpass in late June 2022 and started works at the culvert crossing in late June 2022.

Works to repair the culvert crossing generally involve:

  • removing damaged sections of path and concrete debris
  • reconstructing the damaged sections of concrete path
  • reinstalling handrails over the culvert, and other fencing nearby the culvert
  • minor vegetation reinstatement and resilience improvements.

Works at the culvert are expected to finish in August 2022, weather and site conditions permitting.

Burwood Road bridge

Status: Works upcoming

The embankment under the Burwood Road bridge, along the Kedron Brook, was damaged by flood waters.

We are currently completing a design for erosion and scour protection works underneath the bridge to ensure the resilience of the bridge and nearby abutments.

Works are expected to be undertaken from mid-August 2022, finishing in September, weather and site conditions permitting.

Lighting

Status: Works ongoing

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Lighting along 20km of Kedron Brook Bikeway was significantly impacted by the flood event, with electrical footings and services damaged or destroyed by flood waters.

We had to work quickly after the flood waters receded to de-energise lighting to ensure the safety of the community and have been undertaking extensive damage assessments since March.

Where it is safe to do so, we have been switching lighting back on, however, lighting remains affected along large sections of the bikeway.

We are working with our lighting specialists to repair and restore the lighting as soon as we can.

More information

For more information or to ask questions about restoration works at these locations along the Kedron Brook, you can: 

  • phone the project team on 1800 884 681 (during business hours)
  • phone Council on 07 3403 8888 (after hours)
  • email the project team.

 

Last updated: 9 August 2022

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