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The State and Federal governments have each committed another $7.5 million to raise the crest height of Rookwood Weir in Central Queensland by 700mm.

The move would unlock 10,000 additional megalitres of water, increasing the yield to 86,000 megalitres for water users and taking total project cost to $367 million.

Queensland Water Minister Glenn Butcher said the decision would also have a flow-on effects for job creation in the region during the construction phase.

“Raising Rookwood Weir means that the Foleyvale bridge and its approach roads will also be upgraded to accommodate the greater level of inundation,” Mr Butcher said.

“This upgrade will add another 15 full time jobs on top of the 100 jobs already created for essential road and bridge upgrades, and the 200 jobs which will be created to build the weir itself.

“At least 140 of those jobs will be sourced locally – a big win for the regional economy.”

Central Queensland-based McCosker Contracting was awarded the contract to build the Rookwood Weir with ACCIONA (which last year acquired LendLease Engineering), in partnership with GHD and Sunwater.
“While this is a small change to the total water capacity, I welcome any increase in water capacity for this important water project,” she said.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said Sunwater and its construction partners had identified an opportunity in the design phase to raise the crest height by 700mm.

She described the increase as good value for money, saying it would provide improved water security for the region and future customers, while boosting the local economy and creating more jobs.

“Both Governments have already committed $176 million and I welcome the Federal Government’s further joint contribution to this important project,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“Working together we have been able to deliver a great outcome for the area.

“With the construction phase now underway, the success of the first round of water sales tenders saw a strong market response, which bodes well for future growth in the local agricultural industry.

“I’m advised Sunwater has also had a strong response to the expression of interests for a further round of tenders to be undertaken in 2022, so raising Rookwood Weir now makes good sense.”

Construction of Rookwood Weir is on track for completion in 2023.

The Rookwood Weir project is jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland Governments, and delivered in partnership with Sunwater.