Blackwater Creek Diversion, QLD

The diversion of approximately 10.2km of Blackwater Creek at the Curragh Mine in Central Queensland was an ambitious and technically challenging project to re-establish an important ecological corridor.

Undertaken for Wesfarmers Curragh, the project involved relocating the creek to enable access to coal reserves beneath it. It comprised bulk earthworks, civil works, and the rehabilitation of approximately 167ha of land with 35,000 seedlings, hydromulch pastures and native shrub species. With key objectives of reinstating habitat, creek biodiversity and ecological function, the project exceeded its vegetative cover and flora species diversity targets 12 months ahead of schedule.

The project demonstrated that such diversions can deliver a high standard of environmental outcomes through the application of sustainable design principles, collaborative partnerships and innovative solutions. Its success was externally recognised through our selection (with Ostwald Bros) as a finalist in the 2010 Civil Contractors Federation Earth Awards.