Project update 24 April 2017: There will be no night works for this week (w/c 24 April 2017) due to maintenance on the tunnel borer cutting head.  Additionally, work will stop on Tuesday 25 April 2017 for ANZAC day.

Night works will continue from next Monday 1 May 2017.


The tunnelling stage of the Kenmore-Jindalee Cross River Pipeline project is now underway.

What's happening?


‘Kenji’ the tunnel borer was launched in the first week of April, and is progressing well, with approximately 140 metres (of the 560 metre total) tunnelled so far.

24 hours, 6 days a week work hours (6am Monday to 6pm Saturday) are in progress, and will continue until late May or early June 2017, weather and ground conditions permitting.

You can view Kenji's progress on the interactive map below:


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

Image: Inside the launch shaft in Kingfisher Park, Kenmore


In Jindalee, the retrieval shaft is in the final stages of construction at a depth of just over 22 metres and preparatory work is underway for arrival of the tunnel borer in late May or early June 2017.

Image: Retreival shaft construction underway in Jindalee, behind the Scout Hall on Mt Ommaney Drive.

Project look-ahead

Over the coming weeks, it will tunnel bore 560 metres, going 10 metres under the river-bed, breaking through in to the retrieval shaft just behind the Scout Hall in Jindalee. The new water and sewer pipes will be constructed above ground in Kingfisher Park, Kenmore and ‘pulled’ through the tunnel.  The tunnel will then be filled with concrete grout to seal the pipes in place and the final connections to our existing networks made on each side.

Over the coming months, further connection work in Jindalee will also take place, including installing a new aerial pipe over the creek behind Kooringal Drive, which will connect the new sewer main to existing infrastructure.Further updates will be provided as work is scheduled. 

Community impacts

  • Construction noise in Kingfisher Park, including the operation of tunnelling machinery, truck movements including reversing safety beepers, and generators.
  • Dust may be visible during shaft excavation and backfilling activities and will be monitored and managed at source, using water suppression, as required.
  • Changed traffic conditions including reduced speeds on Gem Road and Sunset Road in Kenmore.
  • Lighting in Kingfisher Park during night works.
  • Increase in truck movements in Kenmore (please see truck route map below) with approximately 15 truck movements anticipated per day.

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
  • 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 

Image: Shaft construction underway in Kingfisher Park, Kenmore 

    Image: Approximately 200 pipes ready for installation


    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