A section of the historic Brisbane Valley Rail Trail is being restored and enhanced so that it is better protected from flood damage.

The popular 161 kilometre recreation trail is used by hikers, cyclists and horse riders and stretches from Wulkuraka to Yarraman.

During the 2011 flood, the force of the water through the area scoured a section of the track, located on Nunn’s Road in Clarendon.

Scouring occurs when fast-moving water disrupts the arrangement of soil in a river or stream.

Seqwater is working to enhance a section of the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail in Clarendon

As a consequence, parts of the track embankment were washed away and a section of water pipeline, which was buried below the trail, was left exposed.

The pipeline, owned by Seqwater, forms part of the Western Corridor Recycled Water Scheme – a climate-resilient source of water that will help provide water security in times of need.

Seqwater is currently undertaking work to level-out the affected section of the track and re-cover the pipeline.

The month-long project is expected to be completed in October and also involves the installation of anti-erosion ‘gabion mattresses’ to stabilise the channel.

Seqwater Project Manager Amy Piekkala-Fletcher with Christopher Contracting Site Supervisior Adam Mongan at the Brisbae Valley Rail Trail site

Seqwater Acting Chief Executive Officer Jim Pruss said the section of the trail would be better protected from erosion during future rainfall or flood events.

“It’s all part of our ongoing efforts to maintain and improve the South East Queensland Water Grid – the interconnected network of bulk water supply infrastructure that allows us to move water to where it’s needed,” Mr Pruss said.

He said the work would not disrupt water supply. The recycled water scheme is currently in care and maintenance mode until it’s needed.

An alternative path which safely runs alongside the construction area has been set up so that people can continue to use the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail without disruption.