Latest News - August 2022

The final stage of the Carisbrook Levee project is now underway.

Local company Doran Earthmoving, who were awarded the $1,082,870 contract following a public tender process, are delivering the project.

The final stage of project involves the construction of the Western Levee – south of Pyrenees Highway - which includes a 1,500-metre earthen levee bank, open drainage and associated works.

The Carisbrook Levee project was designed by specialists Entura in response to major floods which occurred in 2010 and 2011.

It is hoped the final stage will be completed by November 2022, weather permitting.

Council received $1.2 million for Stage Four (the final stage) of the Carisbrook Levee project, after a joint agreement between the Federal and State Government was finalised earlier in the year.

Council has also allocated $600,000 to the project.

Stage 3 is now complete

Construction of Stage Three of the Carisbrook Levee is complete including:

  • Works to relocate Telstra, NBN, water and gas services, were carried out.
  • The installation of twin cell box culverts across the Pyrenees Highway (located to the west of Pleasant Street, Carisbrook)
  • The reinstatement of the road surface at Pyrenees Highway and final site clean-up
  • Drainage works within the rail reserve

The construction work also included construction of open drain through the rail reserve and installation of driveway access to the culvert and constructing and sealing the road through the rail reserve.

The culverts will redirect the overland flows along the levee when the southern section of the levee is completed and these works will complete the missing link in the northern section of the levee and open drainage.

Background information on the levee

The Carisbrook Levee project was designed by specialists Entura in response to major floods which occurred in 2010 and 2011.

The project is being delivered in four stages - one, two and three are complete and stage four is currently on public tender. A project timeline is provided HERE.

  • Pleasant Street levee construction (north of the railway line)
  • Drainage works along Wills Street and within the racecourse.
  • Construction completed in early 2017


  • Williams Road Levee construction (West - East running levee, which continues east from Williams Rd across Landrigan Rd towards the Tullaroop Creek).
  • Constructed in 2017

Construction of Stage Three of the Carisbrook Levee commenced on 12 October, 2020 and is now complete.

Local company Doran Earthmoving Pty Ltd delivered a section of the project that included the construction of the Levee – the section of Pleasant Street from the Pyrenees Highway to the railway line and High Street from the railway line to Church Street.

The works involved building up and constructing a sealed road and associated open drainage works.

The works associated with the railway line included the installation of drainage culverts.

The tender for the next part of stage three of the Carisbrook Levee project was advertised in March, 2021.

At a Meeting of Council in April, 2021 the tender for $170,896.00 was awarded to Leech Earthmoving and Contracting Pty Ltd.

In July, works to relocate Telstra, NBN, water and gas services, were carried out.

Works to install the twin cell box culverts - 1200mm high by 1200mm – across the Pyrenees Highway (located to the west of Pleasant Street, Carisbrook) is finished.

The culverts will redirect the overland flows along the levee when the southern section of the levee is completed.

The drainage works within the rail reserve have been undertaken, with some final site clean-up to be carried out once the site dries out.

The construction work included construction of an open drain through the rail reserve, installation of driveway access culvert and constructing & sealing the road through the rail reserve.

These works will complete the missing link in the northern section of the levee and open drainage.

Stage Four - funded

The final stage of the project, Stage Four, will be the construction of the Levee south of Pyrenees Highway.

Specifically, Stage Four works will involve the Western Levee construction - south of Pyrenees Highway and construction of 1,500 metre earthern levee bank and open drainage.

Council has received funding for Stage Four and at its Ordinary Council Meeting in March, 2022 awarded local business Doran Eathmoving the tender for the project.

Completion of Stage Four is expected to be completed by November, 2022.

Plans for the levee can be viewed here.

Maintenance works are currently being undertaken along Tullaroop Creek within Carisbrook. These maintenance works include the removal of tree samplings and any recently fallen trees that are blocking the waterway.

The works are being carried out by Dja Dja Wurrung Works Crew contractors.

January marked 10 years since the anniversary of the Carisbrook floods and since then we also experienced a significant rain event in late January.

These two events put the Carisbrook Levee project back on the agenda and so, in response, Council held a Carisbook Levee project community information session on Monday afternoon, 1 March, 2021.

Just over 20 members of the community attended which was an opportunity to hear from, and ask questions, to the Carisbrook Levee designer – Entura Specialist Dams Engineer Paul Southcott.

For those unable to attend, the information shared at the meeting is available to view here:

Meeting Summary

Meeting Minutes

Carisbrook Levee Designer Paul Southcott PowerPoint presentation

Project timeline

Question and Answer summary

Carisbrook Levee Project Plans

Carisbrook Flood Mitigation Expenditure and Income Stages 1 to 4

Carisbrook Levee Overland Flow Question and Answers - May, 2021

Attachment to the Q&A document above - Carisbrook: 1% AEP flood depth (m) - 6-hour rainfall event - Ultimate Mitigation Scenario animation:


Entura used statistics provided by Water Technology, from the Water Technology Study completed in 2013.

Council provided Entura the data from Water Technology through the tender process.

Entura completed preliminary design and detailed design in 2016.

Water technology study updated 2019 due to updated rainfall statistics from the Australian Rainfall and Runoff guidelines.

Council requested that Entura review the design and make some minor modifications to alignment to protect vegetation in 2020 as result of the update from Water Technology.