December 2023 update

During December 2023 approximately $1 million of work has been completed on the project with 175 metres of pipe being laid along the full length of Douglas Street and pit construction and pipe laying commenced in Beach Street (near Luttrell Street).

The contractor has a Christmas shut down period from Thursday 21 December 2023 and will be returning to site on Monday 8 January 2024. A maintenance plan for any temporary traffic management signage and work areas will be enacted by the contractor over that period.

In the New Year, work will continue on pipe laying in Beach Street and preparation for the river outfall (including temporary realignment of the shared path, excavation of the pipe alignment through the dunes and works within the beach). Work will also continue on Clarence Street with pipe laying across the road (including associated temporary traffic management) and through the veterinary clinic car park.

This page will be updated through the project, however for additional information please contract Manager Engineering, Angela Moore by email

November 2023 update

Clarence City Council has engaged civil contractor BlackCap Construction Pty Ltd to construct critical upgrades to stormwater infrastructure across Clarence Street (opposite the veterinary clinic), along Douglas Street and lower Beach Street, through the dunes to a new outfall in the River Derwent.

Site establishment and stormwater works are set to commence on Douglas Street from Monday, 6 November 2023. During these works, property access may be limited and there may be some traffic disruptions attributed to road closures. BlackCap will continue communicating with local residents to ensure they are aware of ongoing works.

During construction you can expect:

  • reduced speed limits on local roads
  • on-street parking restrictions
  • changes to pedestrian and cyclist access
  • temporary fencing, road barriers and signage to provide separation of our construction zone from the public.

Over this period, the presence of heavy vehicles and machinery is expected on streets near the project site and the laydown area on the corner of Wentworth Street and Alexandra Esplanade. Please obey all signage and direction of the Contractor, we appreciate your understanding and patience while these important works are completed.

This page will be updated throughout the project, however for additional information please contact Principal Engineer, Angela Moore –


July 2023

Major works are set to be undertaken in Bellerive in September 2023 to improve stormwater drainage.
These critical works will aim to reduce the depth and frequency of flooding in occurred in the Douglas, Beach, and South Streets areas of Bellerive.
Previously in this area, roads and private properties have been inundated during heavy rainfall.
During the works, stormwater pipes in the street will be replaced with larger-diameter pipes to allow for better drainage.
Additional connecting pipework and roadside grates will also be installed to improve the capture of flood waters.

Included in the works:

  • Critical upgrades to stormwater infrastructure between Clarence Street (opposite the veterinary clinic), along Douglas Street and lower Beach Street, across the sand dunes to a new outfall into the River Derwent.
  • Sewer relocation in Beach Street.
  • Connecting pipework in South Street and Luttrell Avenue.

Council has engaged civil contractor BlackCap to construct the stormwater upgrade, and they will directly contact any residents who will be impacted by the works and provide detailed information to those residents on the timing of works.
At this stage, the works are scheduled to commence in approximately September 2023, with the possibility of some investigation and minor works being undertaken before this.
Due to these works, there will be some unavoidable disruption to traffic, parking, and property access at times. BlackCap will work with those affected to reduce the impact as much as feasible.