Levee Upgrade

Wagga levee

  • STAGE 2 Project diary - The latest project news, construction videos and information for 2019
  • STAGE 1 - Keep up to date on the latest project news, construction videos and information

About the project

Construction to raise the Murrumbidgee River levee system in Wagga Wagga started in October 2017, giving residents for the first time a 1 in 100 year level of protection against flooding.

Strengthening the levee system will help safeguard the central business district, many of the city’s critical assets and thousands of homes.


The Main City Levee upgrade will be delivered through a staged construction.

Stage 2  (2019-2020)

  • From Gobbagombalin Bridge to Cadell Place wall (parallel to Fitzmaurice Street) to Johnson Street, then from, Riverina Playhouse to Copland St (earthworks commence 7 January 2019)
  • VIDEO UPDATE - August 2019

Stage 1 (consists of two levee sections) 2017 - COMPLETED JANUARY 2019

  • Section 1 – Flowerdale, including spillway, to Gobbagombalin Bridge
  • Section 2 – Copland Street, including spillway, to Kooringal Road Monumental Cemetery

During construction of stage 1 and stage 2 some sections of the Wiradjuri Walking Track, which runs alongside the Murrumbidgee River, will be subject to temporary closures. These closures are to allow for the safe construction of the levee upgrade.

Closures of the walking track associated with the Main City Levee upgrade are:

  • Wiradjuri Bridge to Johnston St - closed until 21 October 2019 due to the Hampden Bridge Legacy Project
  • Railway Bridge to Sturt Highway (Marshalls Ck Bridge) - closed until October 2019

All dates are subject to weather and works and any additional interruptions will be advertised accordingly.

Levee stages 2010

STAGED BUILD: Stage 1 and stage 2 of the Main City Levee upgrade


The following funding contributions have been made to cover the $23M cost of the Wagga Wagga levee upgrades:

  • City of Wagga Wagga - raising one-third share of $7.75M through a special rate variation, effective from 2016 and maintained for five years
  • State Government - stage 1 grant funding of $2M and stage 2 grant funding of $2.1M
  • Federal Government - $10M funding under the Community Development Grants Programme

Note: Costing of $23M is pending tender processes and/or variations.

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  • FAQ - upgrading Wagga Wagga's levee system
  • Project diary - Keep up to date on the latest project news, construction videos and information
  • Media release - More levee works to get underway this year (30 Oct 2018)
  • Council News - Levee construction at Kooringal Road underway (25 August 2018)
  • Council News - Main City Levee upgrade moving forward (30 June 2018)
  • Media release - Sneak preview of Stage 2 Levee works (released 1 May 2018)
  • Media release - Work continuing on Stage 1 of the Main City Levee upgrade (released 20 March 2018)
  • Media release - Concept to construction: Works start on stage 1 Main City Levee upgrade (released 4 Oct, 2017)
  • Media release - Sign, sealed, ready to be delivered - contracts exchanged and start date announced for stage 1 (released 23 Aug, 2017)
  • Media release - Stage 1 levee construction a step closer (released 28 June, 2017)
  • Media release - Main city levee upgrade to proceed to tender (released 31 Jan, 2017)
  • Flood Futures - community consultation and background information on upgrading the levee

Watch a short video on how the levee project developed from designs and consultation to construction.

Upgrading Wagga Wagga's levee