Pipeline Drillers connects with nature for World Environment Day

6 June, 2017

World Environment Day is celebrated around the world on June 5, to mark this occasion Kawana Cub Scouts and Pipeline Drillers last night planted 44 local species beside the Mooloolah River for Unitywater’s fauna rehabilitation program.


The 2017 theme ‘Connecting People to Nature’ inspired the event which will preserve the local habitat following completion of recent works by Pipeline Drillers at Wyuna Canal for the Mountain Creek to Kawana Sewerage Pipeline Project, and grant 26 Cub Scouts a Boomerang award for conservation.


The pack were guided in the planting of Black Wattle, Broad Leaved Paperbark and Black She Oak along a 100-metre section of the western corridor of Kawana Way while being lit up by lighting towers.


Cub Scout Leader Ross Drummond said the pack made up of boys and girls aged 7½ to 10½ years from the greater Caloundra area thoroughly enjoyed themselves.


“Our pack of Cubs had so much fun, their faces were filled with absolute delight at the adventure of walking into the vegetation at night and the achievement of completing this conservation task.


“Many of the children came up with names for their trees and tried to remember their location so they can one day return to check on their progress,” Mr Drummond said. 


Unitywater Engineer Project Manager Louis de Groot said this 3.2 kilometre sewer pipeline has been designed to minimise impact on the community and surrounding environment by utilising trenchless methods.


“To preserve Mooloolah River’s natural ecosystem, we are working with Pipeline Drillers to complete 70 percent of the project with trenchless techniques including horizontal directional drilling which requires a much smaller surface footprint than traditional open cut trenching,” Mr de Groot said.


The Mountain Creek to Kawana Sewerage Pipeline Project is now 50 percent complete and on track to finish early 2018 providing a sewerage network with the capacity and efficiency to service the growing communities of South Buderim, Sippy Downs and Mountain Creek. 

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