Upgrade now under way at pump station
WORKS have started to secure a steep embankment above the heritage-listed office building at the Mt Crosby East Bank Pump Station.
The main stage of the $250,000 restoration project will be carried out over the next four weeks.
The embankment was originally botanic gardens for the thriving town and housed 50-60 staff at what was, and still is, south-east Queensland's biggest water supply site.
Built in the early 1920s when excavation work was hand dug, the embankment was cut away only a few metres from the building to allow the 1890-built pump station to expand.
The building included a formal office for the engineer on site and a workshop which housed a steam turbine generator at one point to provide the town's power.
Seqwater chief executive officer Peter Dennis said a geotechnical survey last year identified the need to stabilise the embankment.
"Over the next four weeks we'll be undertaking remediation work, beginning with the removal of loose rocks and vegetation on the slope and the installation of a series of rock dowels," he said.
"We will then apply mesh and shotcrete to the wall, which is concrete projected onto the wall surface at a high velocity.
"We will also install strip filter drains and weep holes for drainage and build a spoon drain to divert water away from the wall to prevent future erosion.
"This project is helping to preserve an important part of our region's water history so we are very grateful to the Mt Crosby Historical Society for their input."
Mt Crosby Historical Society president Colin Hester, whose family has been associated with the station for decades, said the precinct was an important part of the region's water supply history.
He said the workplace was the origin of the Mt Crosby area.
"The project is a demonstration of the commitment Seqwater has to our region's history at the pump station," he said. "We are more than happy to assist."
Mr Hester said the reinforced rock wall would be painted a colour to match the existing blue metal rock on the embankment to allow the red brick buildings to shine in their own right.
The office building still operates as a workshop and project office and also houses the historical society on a community lease.
Restoration of the building will continue, with the roof earmarked to be restored in the near future.