Best Chance for Water Infrastructure is Now!
Posted on September 3rd, 2015
The best chance for critical water infrastructure for CQ is now, according to the region’s peak economic development Organisation, Capricorn Enterprise.
The construction of the Eden Bann and Rookwood Weirs on the Fitzroy River to develop our agricultural industry is strongly supported by Capricorn Enterprise and has been one of the Organisation’s seven (7) Priority Projects since January 2014.
The Priority Project supports the Fitzroy Agricultural Precinct as part of the “Growing Central Queensland” initiative which was developed by Regional Development Australia Fitzroy Central West (RDAFCW) and is supported by federal and state government as well as the six (6) Local Government Authorities of CQROC (Central Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils) – (Rockhampton Regional Council, Livingstone Shire Council, Gladstone Regional Council, , Banana Shire Council, Central Highlands Regional Council, Woorabinda Aboriginal Shire Council)
Capricorn Enterprise chief executive Mary Carroll said “the development of Eden Bann and Rookwood Weirs is crucial to our region’s water and agricultural future. Now is our best chance in over twenty (20) years in securing the $495Million for these projects, which are supported by all three levels of government, as well as business and industry.”
“The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) currently being assessed by the State government is well advanced for Eden Bann and Rookwood Weirs and will be completed by March 2016. There is well documented scientific and economic data surrounding the proposed weirs which we fully endorse.”
“Our Organisation formulated our Priority Projects with broad consultation with our local, state and federally elected politicians, business and industry, local interest groups and our broader Membership of nearly 400 businesses. The development of these two Weirs has been strongly supported since we reviewed our Priority Projects List over 18 months ago.”
“It is in the interests of all who live, work and invest in our city, our towns and our broader CQ region, to unite in our collective push for funding of these weirs because we will not get a better opportunity” she said.
For more information on our Priority Projects go to www.capricornenterprise.com.au/priority-projects/