Levee Upgrade

Construction to raise the Murrumbidgee River levee system in Wagga Wagga started in October 2017, giving residents for the first time a 1 in 100 year level of protection against flooding.

Strengthening the levee system will help safeguard the central business district, many of the city’s critical assets and thousands of homes.

Construction

The Main City Levee upgrade will be delivered through a staged construction:

Stage 1 (consists of two levee sections) 2017 - COMPLETED JANUARY 2019

  • Section 1 – Flowerdale, including spillway, to Gobbagombalin Bridge
  • Section 2 – Copland Street, including spillway, to Kooringal Road Monumental Cemetery

Stage 2 (2019-2020)

  • From Gobbagombalin Bridge to Cadell Place wall (parallel to Fitzmaurice Street) to Johnson Street, then from, Riverina Playhouse to Copland St (earthworks commence 7 January 2019)
  • VIDEO UPDATE - August 2019

Funding

The following funding contributions have been made to cover the $23M cost of the Wagga Wagga levee upgrades:

  • City of Wagga Wagga - raising one-third share of $7.75M through a special rate variation, effective from 2016 and maintained for five years
  • State Government - stage 1 grant funding of $2M and stage 2 grant funding of $2.1M
  • Federal Government - $10M funding under the Community Development Grants Programme

Note: Costing of $23M is pending tender processes and/or variations.

Upgrading Wagga's Levee

Watch this short video on how the levee project developed from designs and consultation to construction.


Construction to raise the Murrumbidgee River levee system in Wagga Wagga started in October 2017, giving residents for the first time a 1 in 100 year level of protection against flooding.

Strengthening the levee system will help safeguard the central business district, many of the city’s critical assets and thousands of homes.

Construction

The Main City Levee upgrade will be delivered through a staged construction:

Stage 1 (consists of two levee sections) 2017 - COMPLETED JANUARY 2019

  • Section 1 – Flowerdale, including spillway, to Gobbagombalin Bridge
  • Section 2 – Copland Street, including spillway, to Kooringal Road Monumental Cemetery

Stage 2 (2019-2020)

  • From Gobbagombalin Bridge to Cadell Place wall (parallel to Fitzmaurice Street) to Johnson Street, then from, Riverina Playhouse to Copland St (earthworks commence 7 January 2019)
  • VIDEO UPDATE - August 2019

Funding

The following funding contributions have been made to cover the $23M cost of the Wagga Wagga levee upgrades:

  • City of Wagga Wagga - raising one-third share of $7.75M through a special rate variation, effective from 2016 and maintained for five years
  • State Government - stage 1 grant funding of $2M and stage 2 grant funding of $2.1M
  • Federal Government - $10M funding under the Community Development Grants Programme

Note: Costing of $23M is pending tender processes and/or variations.

Upgrading Wagga's Levee

Watch this short video on how the levee project developed from designs and consultation to construction.


  • Levee Upgrade Stage 2 - Phase 1 Wrap Up

    3 months ago
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    Phase 1 of Stage 2 of the Levee Upgrade was completed in August 2019.

    The follow is a wrap up of key dates during this phase.

    December 2018

    SIGNING ON: Member for Riverina, the Hon. Michael McCormack MP with City of Wagga Wagga Mayor, Cr Greg Conkey and General Manager, Peter Thompson sign the contract of works to seal the start of Stage 2 works on Wagga Wagga's Main City Levee on 21 December 2018.

    January 2019

    • Site compounds will be set up in a section of the Wagga Wagga Beach carpark and the Wagga Wagga City Council carpark on...

    Phase 1 of Stage 2 of the Levee Upgrade was completed in August 2019.

    The follow is a wrap up of key dates during this phase.

    December 2018

    SIGNING ON: Member for Riverina, the Hon. Michael McCormack MP with City of Wagga Wagga Mayor, Cr Greg Conkey and General Manager, Peter Thompson sign the contract of works to seal the start of Stage 2 works on Wagga Wagga's Main City Levee on 21 December 2018.

    January 2019

    • Site compounds will be set up in a section of the Wagga Wagga Beach carpark and the Wagga Wagga City Council carpark on the corner of Fitzmaurice and Crampton Streets.
    • Motorists are advised there are changes to timed parking in Crampton St and Fitzmaurice Streets.
    • There is no change to access to Wagga Beach.
    • In addition, safety fencing will be erected along the levee bank in the first section works between Wiradjuri Bridge and Johnston St.
    March 2019

    PROGRESS: The second pour of concrete along a 300 metre section of the levee bank upgrade took place in Cadell Place this month. The levee is being raised approx. 600mm in the section from Crampton Street to where sheet piling starts at Sturt Street. And (below) sheetpiling works in action.

    April 2019


    IMPROVEMENTS: The car park on the corner of Fitzmaurice and Crampton streets is sealed as part of the Main City Levee upgrade.

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  • Levee Upgrade Stage 1 Wrap Up

    3 months ago
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    Stage 1 of the Levee Upgrade project was completed in January 2019.

    The following outlines the key dates and information throughout stage 1.

    January 2017 - Decision to proceed to tender for Stage 1 of Main City levee upgrade approved by councillors at January Ordinary Council Meeting

    February 2017 - Tender released to market

    March 2017 - Site meeting for Stage 1 of Main City levee upgrade well attended by prospective tenderers.

    April 2017 - Stage 1 tenders closed.

    May/June 2017 - Report prepared for council. Report presented to June Council recommending staff enter into discussions with preferred tenderer.

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    Stage 1 of the Levee Upgrade project was completed in January 2019.

    The following outlines the key dates and information throughout stage 1.

    January 2017 - Decision to proceed to tender for Stage 1 of Main City levee upgrade approved by councillors at January Ordinary Council Meeting

    February 2017 - Tender released to market

    March 2017 - Site meeting for Stage 1 of Main City levee upgrade well attended by prospective tenderers.

    April 2017 - Stage 1 tenders closed.

    May/June 2017 - Report prepared for council. Report presented to June Council recommending staff enter into discussions with preferred tenderer.

    RED LETTER DAY: Federal Member for Riverina Michael McCormack (right) was on hand at the signing of the contracts for stage 1 of the Main City Levee upgrade and to officially announce the Federal Government's $10M commitment to the Wagga Wagga Levee upgrades. Also pictured is General Manager of Central West Civil Simon Withers, who was in Wagga Wagga to sign the contracts for stage 1 of the Main City Levee upgrade, and Mayor of the City of Wagga Wagga Greg Conkey OAM.

    August 2017 - Contracts exchanged between Wagga Wagga City Council and Central West Civil to construct stage 1 of the Main City levee upgrade.

    Federal Government announcement of $10M committment to help deliver the entire Wagga Wagga levee project.

    Site preparation will be established in late September with residents able to see work happening on the levee banks from October 2017.

    October 2017 - Central West Civil starts site preparation at Flowerdale Lagoon end of levee. During the first week residents will see temporary fences erected and various preparation works completed, including surveying and setting out of the work site. By mid-October heavy machinery, such as graders, diggers and trucks, will be working on site.

    During construction of the levee upgrade some sections of the Wiradjuri Walking Track, which runs alongside the Murrumbidgee River, will be subject to temporary closures.These closures are to allow for the safe construction of the levee upgrade.Closures of the walking track associated with the Main City Levee upgrade are:

    • Flowerdale Lagoon – closed for duration of project (October 2017 – April 2018)
    • Copland Street/Kooringal Road roundabout to Monumental Cemetery – closed from 1 November 2017 to February 2018

    Residents are also reminded to be mindful of a larger-than-normal number of truck movements in the Flowerdale and Narrung Street areas during the works.

    DIGGING IN: Stage 1 works have so far included tree and top soil removal at the Flowerdale section in preparation for reshaping and reconstruction of the levee.

    November 2017 - Works undertaken to date to raise and strengthen the Main City Levee include:

    • Tree and top soil removal at the Flowerdale section
    • A total of 48,000 tonnes of clay has been stockpiled on site in preparation for reshaping and reconstruction of the levee
    • Preparation works for the construction of a new concrete spillway at Flowerdale will start in the new year
    • Works have also started at the Kooringal Road/Copland Street end of the levee.

    March 2018

    • Construction on the Main City Levee upgrade continues following successful discussions between Wagga Wagga City Council and contractor Central West Civil.
    • A deed has been signed to vary the scope of works that Central West Civil was initially contracted to complete. Under the deed, Central West Civil will resolve issues with existing work and complete the Flowerdale downstream spillway.

    May 2018

    • Sheet piling is installed along a 30-metre stretch of the levee bank to demonstrate what is to come as a part of Stage 2 of the upgrade.
    • The process involves driving steel sheets approximately four metres into the ground to create a wall along the levee bank that is approximately a metre high and achieves a 1 in 100 year level of protection against flooding.


    June 2018

    • The contract for the remaining $1.14M of Stage 1 works was awarded to local company Burgess Earthmoving to complete Stage 1 of the Main City Levee upgrade from Copland Street, including the spillway, through to the Monumental Cemetery.
    • The initial Stage 1 contractor, Central West Civil, has completed its component of the project.
    • The tender package for Stage 2 was released on 29 June.

    August 2018

    • Construction on a new 800m section of levee is underway near the Monumental Cemetery on Kooringal Road.
    • The existing levee - directly opposite the Exhibition Centre Netball Courts - will be reinforced, widened and a 130m concrete spillway built as a flood mitigation protection.
    • Head walls on either side of Copland Street are also under construction. In the event of a major flood additional temporary barriers are locked in to these strong structures to secure the levee.
    • This stage of the levee project is scheduled for completion by January 2019.
    October 2018

    SMOOTH CYCLING: More than 200m of concrete was poured in the second week in October atop the new section of levee bank constructed along Kooringal Rd. The new three-metre width path starts at Cemetery Road and will eventually link up with the existing cycle path at Copland Rd. The new pathway will be open by the end year when construction works are scheduled for completion.

    November 2018

    SAFE CYCLING: Construction of the new concrete pedestrian and cycling paths atop the levee at Kooringal Road are nearing completion.


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