Next step for $60m Big Rocks Weir project
Big Rocks Weir is proposed to have a capacity of 10,000 megalitres and would augment urban and agricultural water supply in the Charters Towers region.
Deputy Premier and State Development Minister Steven Miles said Queensland’s Coordinator-General had released the draft terms of reference for the project’s environmental impact statement (EIS).
“Big Rocks Weir is now one of three major water infrastructure projects in the broader Burdekin Catchment currently undergoing full environmental impact assessment processes,” Mr Miles said.
“The Queensland Government supports progressing investigations into the construction of a 10,000 megalitre weir as proposed at Big Rocks on the Burdekin River, about 26km north of Charters Towers.
“Charters Towers Regional Council estimates the project would have a capital cost of about $60 million and create 172 full-time equivalent jobs during construction.”
The State Government has committed $3 million for Charters Towers Regional Council to conduct environmental and other regulatory approvals, geotechnical assessments, detailed weir design, and water product and pricing definition.
Public comment on the project’s draft terms of reference opens Monday, May 10 and can be made until 5pm on June 7 (details HERE).
All comments received will be considered during the finalisation of the terms of reference setting out the matters that Charters Towers Regional Council must address when preparing the project’s EIS.
Big Rocks Weir was declared by the Coordinator-General as a coordinated project on March 29.
There are two other water infrastructure projects in the broader Burdekin Catchment which have also been declared as coordinated projects and are undergoing assessment – the proposed raising of the Burdekin Falls Dam wall and the Urannah project.
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