Current Projects

Lilliesmere Pump Station Refurbishment

  • Design and procurement of pump station componentry completed.
  • Electrical control building including switchboard and Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs) installed.
  • Planning for construction phase of project completed.
  • Construction phase scheduled in conjunction with maintenance shutdown (June 2017).
  • Request for Quotes (RFQs) for all concrete works and coating refurbishment sent out.
  • Customer notifications to be completed in near future.
  • Project expected to be completed within budget this financial year.

Rocks Energy Reduction

  • Stage II project scope focuses on flowmeter installation for more accurate recording – scheduled for completion this financial year.
  • Ultrasonic flowmeters purchased and are in Ayr depot.
  • Flowmeter enclosure design nearing completion – RFQ for this work 2 weeks away.
  • Planning for installation of flowmeters and construction of enclosure progressing.
  • Stage III project scope focuses on installation of VFDs to Rocks PS pumps; thereby reducing energy consumption and increasing efficiencies.
  • PS Electrical switchroom/controls design to be conducted by Ergon-preferred consultant.
  • Works scheduled for completion in 17/18 financial year.

McDowell Pipeline Upgrade

  • All pipes have been delivered
  • Project will deliver improved services and efficiencies to ratepayers/customers.
  • Works  commence 1st May and expect to conclude 27th June 2017.
  • Click here for pictures of work completed to date

Red Lily Reconfiguration

  • Project focuses on addressing risks to LBW operations, road users, growers and improving system efficiencies.
  • Preliminary design to decommission channel adjacent to Corica Road completed.
  • Customer notifications to discuss design options scheduled for upcoming months.

Plain Road Culvert Upgrade

  • Joint project between LBW and BSC to improve drainage in this area.
  • BSC completed design of culvert and provided box culverts.
  • Planning for construction phase progressing.
  • Customer notifications to be completed soon.
  • Works commenced May 2017.
  • Click here for pictures of work completed to date

Kilrie Gully – Regulator Gate

  • All civil works completed including structure modifications and regulator gate installation.
  • Commissioning of regulator gate to be completed shortly.

Kalamia Lagoon – Regulator Gates

  • Joint project between NQ Dry tropics and LBW to improve water control/efficiencies, water quality and fish passage.
  • All civil works on Beach and Lilliesmere Road culverts completed including structure modifications/construction and regulator gate installations.
  • Commissioning of regulator gates to be completed shortly.

Fords Gully Relift VFD

  • Works focus on installation of VFD’s to improve efficiencies and services to ratepayers.
  • VFD’s selected with design work to commence soon.
  • Works scheduled for May/June 2017.

Klondyke Lilliesmere VFD

  • Works focus on installation of VFD’s to improve efficiencies and services to ratepayers.
  • VFD selected with design work to commence soon.
  • Works scheduled for May/June 2017.

Completed Projects

Toll Road - Construction 2

Toll Road Project

The Northern Division, in conjunction with NQ Dry Tropics, recently completed a project to upgrade the culverts of the Toll Road section of Sheepstation Creek. The project consisted of the installation of the new culvert sections, lay-flat automated gate and a fish ladder. The construction phase of this project commenced in June 2013 and was complete a couple of weeks longer after the expected due date. The project was completed without injury or incident and under budget and the infrastructure is now commissioned and working well. The new infrastructure will reduce workplace health and safety risks and labour requirements associated with controlling water, while improving drainage and compliance for fish passage.

 Rita Island Switch House

Rita Island Switch House Upgrade

The switch house for the Rita Island pump station was recently upgraded due to various incidents of vandalism against the previous structure. The project scope was to rehouse the pump station to provide a more secure structure around the electrical switchboard. This upgrade was completed on time and under budget without any injuries.


Rocks Pump Station Upgrade

The upgrade of the Rocks pump station was a major project for the Northern Division which was completed during the 2012/2013 financial year. The project was divided into various stages which included an electrical upgrade as well as re-lining the pipelines. The re-lining stage was the major component of the upgrade and was undertaken to address the multiple leaks that had formed over the life of the pipelines. ITS Trenchless (a Townsville based company) was engaged to perform the re-lining works - all of which were completed without injury or incident, ahead of schedule and within budget.

Ongoing Research Projects

Airdmillan Rd Project PicThe Northern Division is a statutory groundwater management authority, responsible for the economic and environmentally sustainable management of the groundwater resource within the proclaimed area of the Burdekin delta. Over the recent years, salinity issues have become apparent in several coastal areas of the Lower Burdekin Delta. In the Airdmillan Road area, which is close to the coast, steadily rising groundwater salinity levels have been reported.With the present salinity level, farmers have continued use of the groundwater for irrigation purposes. As part of its proactive management approach, the Northern Division wishes to put in place a strategy to ensure the groundwater resource continues to be used in a sustainable manner. The Board commissioned CSIRO to investigate the probable cause of the salinity and make suitable recommendations towards future sustainable management in the area. The report confirmed a rising trend in groundwater salinity in the Airdmillan area. Although there is a lack of data, the report attributes the main cause to be the volume of water extracted from pumps in the area resulting in upconing of saline water from depth. The study made a number of recommendations to help manage the groundwater resource in the Airdmillan Road area, including metering of pumped volumes, supplementing groundwater with surface water, continued monitoring of salinity and moderation of water use through efficient irrigation practices. To better understand the whole system and then use that understanding to better manage the water resources in the region "Water Resources Observation Network (WRON) Burdekin Project" has been initiated by CSIRO. Rockwater Australia Pty Ltd has now been commissioned to further assess the findings of the CSIRO report taking particular account of geophysical factors. The report should be finalised in the near future. This consultancy will develop a conceptual water management plan for the Airdmillan area that will set in place a framework to address the rising salinity problem by sustainable use of groundwater, to be achieved by overall water usage conservation and partial substitution of surface water for groundwater. The proposed conceptual management plan will provide a framework for investigation, development, implementation and monitoring of water usage in the Airdmillan area.