Flood improvements underway in Waratah West

07 Jun 2022

Work to reduce the impact of flooding near University Drive at Waratah West is underway, with construction commencing on an upgrade to stormwater infrastructure at Boatman Creek.

Notorious for flooding after heavy rain, the low section of the busy University Drive has seen vehicles including buses get stuck travelling along the crossing of Boatman Creek.

The solution being constructed will better manage the flow of water after heavy rain by removing the existing culvert, excavating new creek embankments, and naturalising the newly widened channel north of University Drive with sandstone and landscaping, as well as construction of a new bridge on this stretch of the cycleway and shared path.

City of Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said that the work will improve resilience to flooding around this section of Boatman Creek, and also renew active transport connections in the area.

“By addressing the history of flooding in this area, this project will help reduce disruption to traffic on this important road connecting our community with the University and the nearby Mater Hospital,” Cr Nelmes said.

“As well as the benefits relating to flooding, construction of the new bridge for pedestrians and cyclists over the new embankment is important for maintaining this vital transport link between Newcastle City and the University."

Deputy Lord Mayor Declan Clausen said the upgrade is an important part of plans to improve the management of stormwater across the city.

"It's exciting to see this project progressing, alongside stormwater projects being planned and delivered in Wallsend to address longstanding issues with flooding, and several projects currently being delivered in The Junction to improve flows into Cottage Creek".

Construction is scheduled for completion in early 2023.