Bakers Creek flood studies

Bakers Creek drains the southern floodplain of the Pioneer River through the townships of Walkerston and Bakers Creek to the South Pacific Ocean, about 8km south of the Pioneer River mouth.  The Bakers Creek catchment encompasses the localities of the Marian, Pleystowe, Greenmount, Walkerston, Te Kowai, Palmyra, Ooralea, Paget and Bakers Creek with a total catchment area of 19,000 hectares.  There are a number of sub-catchments within the Bakers Creek catchment with individual flood studies completed to understand the drainage and flooding patterns of these sub-catchments.

Bakers Creek South Mackay Stormwater Trunk  Infrastructure Study (Adopted)

The Bakers Creek South Mackay Stormwater Trunk Infrastructure Study commenced in 2018.  The final report was produced in December 2018. The reports focuses on modelling the existing flood impacts in the catchment under existing and projected climate conditions for numerous events in order to better understand the flood risk posed to the community and allow it to be effectively managed in the future.  The study identifies a number of options for mitigating potential drainage issues which will be considered in accordance with the Mackay Flood and Stormwater Management Strategy.

The final report was adopted by council on  March 13, 2019

Bakers Creek through Walkerston (adopted)

The Bakers Creek through Walkerston catchment covers the area from Marian in the west, to the east of Walkerston and includes the tributaries of Rocky Creek and MacLennan Creek.  The study area mainly consists of agricultural land and the township of Walkerston.

The Bakers Creek Through Walkerston flood study commenced in 2012.  The final report was produced in May 2013. The reports focuses on modelling the existing flood impacts in the catchment for numerous events in order to better understand the flood risk posed to the community and allow it to be effectively managed in the future.  The investigation does not propose any new infrastructure.

The final report was adopted by council on January 27, 2016.

Bakers One (ongoing)

The Bakers One catchment covers an area of approximately 1,500 hectares from the east of Walkerston through to Ooralea and Bakers Creek in the east.  The study area mainly consists of agricultural land and urban developments in the south Mackay suburb of Ooralea.

The Bakers One Catchment Stormwater Trunk Drainage Study study commenced in 2012.  The objective of the study is to identify future stormwater trunk infrastructure required to cater for existing and potential ultimate development in the catchment, focusing on Ooralea and north of Bakers Creek.  The report is still a work in progress, however the existing hydraulic assessment is complete and provides the community with knowledge of the existing flood extents, levels and risks.  The remainder of the report, including investigating trunk drainage infrastructure, is not yet finalised or adopted.

An extract of the report, including only the Existing Scenario Hydraulic Assessment, was adopted by council on February 3, 2016.