Rookwood Weir site visit
Posted on October 25th, 2023
On Friday 20th of October Sunwater hosted a visit to Rookwood Weir for Capricorn Enterprise and our industry guests.
Sunwater’s Jay Merritt hosted the tour and provided insights into the innovative engineering techniques that were used to build the weir, as well as the environmental safeguards developed to protect the river and its ecosystems. This includes the fish lock, a first-of-kind multi-level mechanical fish passage with features for effective fish attraction, and the turtle passage, supporting movement of six species, including critically endangered White-throated Snapping Turtle and vulnerable Fitzroy River turtle.
Our visiting group was impressed to be able to experience the scale of the constructed weir spanning the Fitzroy River, with Sunwater sharing insights into the concrete construction techniques used and design of the in-river embankment. Work continues on supporting infrastructure tasks for the wider project, including Hanrahan’s Crossing Upgrade, Foleyvale Crossing Upgrade and the Fitzroy Barrage Fish Passage.
A big thank you to Sunwater for allowing our group to see the scale and complexity of the weir supporting our agriculture, industry, and communities.