Drilling kicks off for Big Rocks Weir studies
Proponent Charters Towers Regional Council hopes to have pre-construction activities complete by October this year.
Charters Towers Mayor Frank Beveridge said the start of the drilling was exciting news for the region.
“This past week we’ve had geotechnical drilling commence at the Big Rocks Weir site. The drilling is a necessary step in accessing the construction of the Big Rocks Weir and we’re excited that work is progressing,” he said.
“So far, a local earthmoving company has been engaged to provide access tracks to the site for the drill rigs and GHD engineers are supervising the drilling and collecting the rock core samples.
“We also have cultural heritage observers from Ngrragoonda Aboriginal Corporation on-site watching over the activities.”
Rock core samples will be provided to engineers to assess the suitability of the site’s foundations.
Following the geotechnical assessment, engineers will undertake a design review and confirmation, with pre-construction activities due to be complete by October 2022.
“Once the pre-construction activities are complete a decision will be made on proceeding with construction of the weir,” Cr Beveridge said.
He said construction of the weir was expected to create more than 170 jobs, with a further 110 after it was built.
Once built the project is expected to deliver an additional $35 million in agricultural revenue to the Charters Towers Region and more than $26 million in economic benefits to the State and Federal economies.
“It will boost water security, job security, and regional security for the Charters Towers Region,” Cr Beveridge said.
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