South Cessnock Flood Mitigation Construction

  • Project typeFlood Mitigation Construction
  • Project value$5,955,000
  • Project scheduleOctober 2022 – February 2024


At the 20 May 2020 Ordinary Council meeting, Council adopted the South Cessnock Flood Mitigation Scheme which includes:

  • earth bund wall
  • raising of Quarrybylong Street
  • diversion of Kearsley Creek channel
  • raising of up to five properties 

This project forms part of Council's Operational Plan. You can find it within the Operational Plan with the Project ID PMF-2022-006.


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Scope of works 

  • construction of a bund wall - running along the eastern side of the railway line parallel to Sixth Street, as well as associated drainage structures
  • levee / road raising - a small levee parallel to and across Quarrybylong Street, plus raising Quarrybylong Street near Edgeworth Street
  • channel diversion and widening - downstream from the junction of the Kearsley Channel and Oliver Street Channel, including demolition and realignment of part of the existing cycleway nearby, including removal and replacement of the existing pedestrian / cycleway bridge.


Update: 30 November 2022

The pre-construction period is now complete. This period involved an independent peer review, resulting in a formal verification of the design, which satisfied grant funding requirements. 

A landscape architect was engaged as part of the detailed design process to enhance visual amenity for the main scheme components, being the bund wall and the diversion channel.

The tender period has now commenced and tender applications are open. 

Council has now engaged the Public Works Authority to project manage the tender and construction phases, as well as to assist Council in the finalisation of pre-construction activities.

The construction period is expected to commence by mid 2023.


$5,955,000 various grants and Council funds.