Bundamba Creek Rehabilitation

CUSP was engaged to design and supervise the restoration of a highly degraded section of the Bundamba Creek Corridor.

Location

Ipswich, QLD

Client

Woollam Constructions

Year

2014-2017

Key Services

Concept Design
Detailed Design
Community Consultation
Construction Services

When construction works on an adjoining site raised concerns from local council and the community, CUSP engaged with the community through consultation to deliver the resulting outcome to the satisfaction of all parties. Throughout project delivery, CUSP consulted with local stakeholder groups including the local council, state bodies, local catchment group, local schools and interested members of the community.
The restoration of the damaged site saw the realignment of 150 linear metres of the Bundamba reach. The creeks invert levels and the instability of existing banks, required the creek alignment to be moved closer to the adjacent Rotary Park, with an increased off-set from bordering commercial properties. A series of pools and riffles were used to recreate a natural environment and carefully placed rocks and logs provided a natural solution to bank stablisation.
For two years after construction of the works (December 2014) CUSP was engaged to undertake monthly reporting to monitor the progress and performance of revegetation and stabilisation works. During this period CUSP collected valuable documentation of revegetation performance and bank/batter stabilisation techniques, all of which were tested during significant flood events. This area continues to evolve into the diverse ecosystem envisaged at the project commencement.
As part of this consultation CUSP presented at community engagement Q & A sessions and facilitated a ‘planting day’ with local primary and secondary school students. With the involvement of the local community, the habitat values for native flora and fauna has been greatly improved.

Photography by CUSP