Rookwood Weir Roundup

Edition 2: 14 May 2020

Welcome to the Rookwood Weir Roundup, a newsletter update from Sunwater.

Each month, the Rookwood Weir Project team is committed to providing a progress update and sharing with you how Sunwater is investing in the region to stimulate economic growth and create jobs for Central Queenslanders.

Are you interested in helping to shape changes to the Fitzroy Basin Water Plan? Find out how in this edition.

In April, Sunwater launched the Rookwood Weir Facebook page –  follow them to stay up to date on the latest Project news.

Thirsty Creek Road upgrade Rockhampton Regional Council, as Sunwater’s constructor on the Thirsty Creek Road upgrade, has been rocking it for Rookwood yet again over the last month, employing 25 Central Queenslanders on this $7.5 million project. To date, the team has widened and upgraded more than 14.5 kilometres of road. With 68 per cent of works now completed, the project is on track to be delivered by June 2020 (weather permitting).

Capricorn Highway Intersection upgrade In mid-March 2020, Sunwater’s constructor, Civil Mining and Construction Pty Ltd (CMC), commenced work on improving the safety of vehicles and heavy machinery crossing the Capricorn Highway into Gogango. These works include relocating the existing intersection approximately 200 metres west – from the Capricorn Highway to the Riverslea Road rail crossing – and widening the pavement to create a new intersection layout. CMC has also been rocking it for Rookwood, employing 36 Central Queenslanders on the Project in April. With 61 per cent of works complete, this $2.2 million project is on track for completion in June 2020 (weather permitting).

New Riverslea Bridge Expressions of Interest have now closed for the tender to build the Riverslea Bridge and upgrade the approaching roads. Sunwater will announce the successful constructor in late April and employ 15 Central Queenslanders. These works will commence in June to build an 18-metre high, 220-metre-wide bridge across the Lower Fitzroy River. Works are due to be completed in early 2021 (weather permitting). 

Rookwood Weir  Tender submissions from the two proponents – Lendlease-McCosker and McDowell-Obayashi – shortlisted to build the Rookwood Weir closed on 6 April 2020. An intensive evaluation is now underway with Sunwater on track to announce who will be the preferred constructor in July 2020.

Rookwood Weir Project Progress Report Find out how we’re investing in the region and creating jobs for Central Queenslanders by viewing our monthly Rookwood Weir Project Progress Report – April 2020. 

Business opportunities for Central Queenslanders  Once the preferred constructor has been appointed in mid-2020 and the Alliance formed to build the Rookwood Weir, we are committed to providing business opportunities for Central Queenslanders wherever possible.

In preparation for the construction of the weir, Sunwater has partnered with the Industry Capability Network (ICN) to connect contractors, subcontractors and suppliers with project opportunities.

We encourage you to register your interest with our Project’s ICN supplier portal – – to be considered by the Alliance.

Rookwood Weir water sales in the pipeline   Sunwater will start working with landholders, industry and potential investors in late May/early June to build awareness of this new market and how to make the best use of this precious resource to grow the agricultural sector in Central Queensland. To register your interest and find out more about water sales in the coming weeks, email

Have your say on the proposed changes to the Fitzroy Basin Water Plan   The Queensland Government and Sunwater want to maximise the benefits of the Rookwood Weir Project by bringing this new infrastructure into the region’s water planning framework.

Rookwood Weir is a critical piece of water infrastructure for Central Queensland and we’re committed to working together with the community to make it a success.

Your input is essential to ensure the water needs of the environment and community are well supported by the region’s water plan.

Visit to find out more, read the Statement of proposals and help shape changes to the Fitzroy Basin Water Plan. Submissions close at 5pm on 12 June 2020.

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