Full ‘stream’ ahead for Rookwood Weir

Work is well underway on the four year, multi-million-dollar Rookwood Weir project, which will provide a new water storage facility on the Fitzroy River, approximately 66 kilometres south-west of Rockhampton.

The project, being led by industry giant, Sunwater, is jointly funded by the Federal and State governments to develop a successful project delivery solution with key proponents.

Once constructed, Rookwood Weir will supply water for the region – a resource that will support local economic growth by providing water for future agricultural diversification, industrial development and improved water security for Rockhampton, Gladstone and the Capricorn Coast.

Providing a major employment boost to central Queenslanders along with long term economic benefits, the Weir is set to deliver up to 100 jobs during construction as well as providing for increased agriculture and industry on completion.

Now another positive step closer to construction, after shortlisting to two Proponents – Lendlease/McCosker and McConnel Dowell/Obayashi, Sunwater will work collaboratively with both groups and design partner GHD.

Capricorn Enterprise Regional Economic Development Manager, Neil Lethlean is encouraging interested business and industry representatives to register their interest with Industry Capability Network (ICN) before January 30 to connect with opportunities relating to the Rookwood Weir Project.

“Hundreds of business have already lodged submission to supply goods or services to the project and we want to ensure all interested local parties have the chance to be considered during the bid development process,” said Neil.

“It’s a very exciting space with a lot of great opportunities for local businesses on the horizon.”

The first on-the-ground works are well underway involving the widening and upgrade of a 16.2-kilometre section of Thirsty Creek Road which is scheduled to be finished by July 2020.

“A workforce of up to 100 skilled and unskilled construction labourers will be required across the multi-year construction period,” said Neil.

Major projects such as these are committed to maximising opportunities for local and indigenous businesses and jobseekers in the Central Queensland region, providing ‘full, fair and reasonable opportunity’ for those competing for work.

Local industry operators interested in working on the Rookwood Weir Project are encouraged to register their interest at https://gateway.icn.org.au/project/4205/rookwood-weir-and-associated-infrastructure-project au.

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