Munibung Creek rehabilitation

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We're working with our community to rehabilitate a natural section of Munibung Creek in Cardiff, between Pendlebury Road and Gorleston Terrace.

The rehabilitation work aims to:

  • maintain the natural appearance of the waterway
  • stabilise the banks and creek bed to prevent further erosion
  • protect adjoining property and buildings from erosion
  • reduce the build-up of rubbish and weeds.

The community told us what they like and don’t about the creek now, and how they would like to see it improved. Following community input into the rehabilitation plan, we have commenced detailed design and construction is expected to start in 2021.


We're working with our community to rehabilitate a natural section of Munibung Creek in Cardiff, between Pendlebury Road and Gorleston Terrace.

The rehabilitation work aims to:

  • maintain the natural appearance of the waterway
  • stabilise the banks and creek bed to prevent further erosion
  • protect adjoining property and buildings from erosion
  • reduce the build-up of rubbish and weeds.

The community told us what they like and don’t about the creek now, and how they would like to see it improved. Following community input into the rehabilitation plan, we have commenced detailed design and construction is expected to start in 2021.


  • Project update - May 2021

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    We're continuing to progress the design of the meandering creek option for the naturalised rehabilitation of Munibung Creek in Cardiff, which was supported through our community consultation in 2019/2020.

    Earlier this year, we received the 70% detailed design for review and feedback prior to progressing to 100% design. The review process has highlighted a number of site constraints which will significantly impact the project’s aesthetics, budget and function. This has resulted in project delays as we work with subject matter experts and specialist contractors to further analyse the proposal and ensure we can achieve the desired outcome for the community. These experts will help us refine and finalise the design and firm up an estimated construction timeframe for the rehabilitation works.

    Over the coming months neighbouring residents may notice some contractors onsite who will be undertaking further investigations to inform the design and construction process. Some of these investigations may involve plant equipment being brought onto site for a short period of time.

    More information will be shared as the detailed design progresses. We thank the local community for their patience as we endeavour to deliver the meandering creek option while also ensuring it will function as it should and stand the test of time.

  • Thanks for joining us again for an update

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    Thanks again to the local residents and business owners who were able to make it along to the community drop-in information session on Wednesday 2 December. We realise it's a busy time of year and appreciate your attendance.

    We are currently progressing with a naturalised detailed design, which was the approach supported by the community, and are looking to have this finalised in March 2021. Once the detailed design is complete we will be preparing tenders for construction to commence in 2021, however we will be having further discussions with property owners/tenants about construction and access impacts in the lead up.

    A more comprehensive update will be distributed to property owners and tenants in early 2021.

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  • Information session

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    Following on from our community session earlier in the year, we have completed further site investigations and commenced the detailed design process which will inform how we proceed with construction. The detailed design is expected to be completed by early 2021 with an anticipated construction start date in 2021.

    Information session

    Landowners and residents are invited to an information session to receive a project update and find out how Hunter Water plans to proceed with the rehabilitation. The project team will be on hand to answer questions about the design, timing and project impacts.

    Date: Wednesday 2 December 2020

    Time: From 6pm

    Location: Cardiff RSL, 45 Macquarie Rd, Cardiff (please note change in location to previous session)

    Registrations are required: Due to COVID-19 restrictions and limitations on attendee numbers, please ensure you register for the session via Eventbrite. Click here to register now.

  • Reviewing the two options

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    The design process is still underway with the team currently considering the two options following community feedback, along with the outcomes of environmental, technical and feasibility studies.

    As discussed at the community drop-in session early this year, we are considering two options:

    • Moving the creek back into the Hunter Water alignment which would involve extensive reinforcement
    • Allowing the creek to meander in its current alignment and reinforcing the banks to stop any further erosion.

    We understand community’s preferred option overall is to allow the creek to continue to meander as this would provide a better outcomes for flora and fauna and slow flows. This option does however mean that we would need to acquire property. Since this consultation, we have engaged consultants to collect additional data on the area including geotechnical surveys of the creek and surrounds and updated flood modelling.

    We are now weighing up these two options against a range of criteria to ensure we can provide a good outcome for our community. We anticipate being in a position to provide an update to the residents and community on our way forward in the coming months. We will keep updated as the project continues to progress.

  • Thanks for joining us at the community information session

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    Thanks to the local residents and business owners who were able to make it along to the community drop-in information session on Saturday 1 Feb.

    We appreciate your feedback on the preliminary concept designs to improve and rehabilitate Munibung Creek in Cardiff. We heard that most people are in favour of a design that allows the creek to continue to wind along this section, slowing the flow of the water and maintaining the natural aesthetic of the creek bed. The plan also includes works to improve erosion, remove rubbish and weeds and establish native vegetation for screening.

    Following community feedback on these initial designs, our team will now complete further studies including flood modelling and surveys to finalise the concept design. We anticipate the concept design will completed by mid-2020 and will be made available on our Your Voice project page. You will have another opportunity to provide feedback on the design at this time.

    If you have any comments on this project, please feel free to contact our project team.

  • Snapshot of findings from the community survey

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    Early in this project we asked residents and businesses that back onto this section of Munibung Creek to share with us what they like about the creek now, and how they would like to see it improved. We received 10 surveys from residents directly on the creek, which is a great result!

    This survey follows on from the discussions and complaints we have received from the local community over the years, and supports the need to rehabilitate this section of the creek.

    Here's a snapshot of what we heard:

    • The mature trees are valued by residents and neighbours
    • Flooding impacts and erosion control are key concerns for residents who can be impacted during heavy rains
    • Remove the weeds, rubbish and industrial waste that backs up in the creek and around large trees on the edge.
    • Establish native vegetation and some vegetation screening for residents
    • The work needs to be completed in a manner that does not disturb the habitat of native species in the area. These include the Spotted Pardaolote, Blue Wrens, Eels, Perons Frogs and Marsh Frogs and Yeloow Tail Black Cockatoos
    • Consider how this creek will be maintained in the future.
    Thanks for your ideas and considerations. Your input will inform the development of the concept design and environmental assessment to be carried out in early 2020.
  • Local residents and businesses are invited to help develop a plan to rehabilitate Munibung Creek

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    We are pleased to let you know we have received funding and approvals to begin rehabilitating a natural section of Munibung Creek, between Pendlebury Road and Gorleston Terrace.

    This project aims to:

    · maintain the natural appearance of the waterway

    · stabilise the banks and creek bed to prevent further erosion

    · protect adjoining property and buildings from erosion

    · reduce the build-up of rubbish and weeds.

    We've invited residents and businesses that back on to the creek to have input into the plan to rehabilitae the creek and manage it in the future.

    Find out more and share your thoughts at yourvoice.hunterwater.com.au/munibungcreek.

Page last updated: 20 November 2020, 14:24