Burdekin River Kierle Road bank remediation concept design

Crees, M.R., Kapitzke, I.R., Smithers, S.G., and Pearson, R.G. (1998) Burdekin River Kierle Road bank remediation concept design. Report. James Cook University, Townsville, QLD, Australia.

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[Extract] This report examines a bank stability problem on the Burdekin River near Kierle Road on Rita Island, where the river bank is severely eroded over a length of approximately 1000 metres. The line of the top of the bank has regressed severely in recent years, overbank flooding occurs to depths of approximately 1 metre at the site during major floods, and local landholders are concerned about channel breakout and a river course change through their farms. Access to the popular recreational fishing and boating site at Kierle Landing, downstream of the site may also be disrupted in a channel breakout.

The Burdekin Shire Rivers Improvement Trust wishes to consider the need for, and the benefit / cost of remediation at the site. This study incorporates a concept level evaluation that assesses the problems and their causes, and examines the remediation objectives and the potential remediation options. The study follows the principles and practices presented in Stream Stabilisation for Rehabilitation in North-East Queensland(Kapitzke et al., in press), and covers Steps 1 to 5 of the recommended 10-Step Planning, Design and Implementation Process for stream stabilisation and rehabilitation.

A concept level evaluation of this nature provides a broad preliminary assessment of the problems and solutions, sufficient to allow decisions to be made to proceed with more detailed studies or to adopt a non intervention approach. This study is limited by a shortage of available data and does not include detailed investigations into the configuration, layout and suitability of alternative remediation options, nor does it include comprehensive geomorphological and economic analyses of the likelihood and consequence of channel breakout and damage to farms, infrastructure etc. These types of investigations are more appropriate to the detailed feasibility studies that would be required to confirm assessments before implementation of any of the remedial programs discussed here.

Item ID: 36350
Item Type: Report (Report)
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ACTFR Report No 98/04 prepared for Burdekin Shire Rivers Improvement Trust

Funders: Burdekin Shire Rivers Improvement Trust
Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2016 23:01
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050205 Environmental Management @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9606 Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation > 960604 Environmental Management Systems @ 100%
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