Rockhampton Regional Council crews will be the first to break ground on the $352 million Rookwood Weir project in Queensland.
Queensland Natural Resources Minister, Dr Anthony Lynham, announced that a request for offer has been made to Council to undertake the approximately $6.5 million upgrade of Thirsty Creek Road.
Member for Rockhampton, Barry O’Rourke, said it would be great to see the familiar hi-vis shirted council crews breaking the first ground.
“It doesn’t get more local for Rocky than our own council workers,” Mr O’Rourke said.
“This is a long-term project that is paying off now with work for local people.”
Member for Keppel, Brittany Laugas, said that the people of Central Queensland could see tangible evidence of progress and Government commitment to an important economic booster.
“Rookwood Weir will deliver jobs now and for the next couple of years and the water CQ needs for security and agricultural business expansion.”
The upgrade will involve the widening of a 16.2km section of Thirsty Creek Road, ensuring the local road network can safely accommodate heavy earthmoving vehicles for weir construction.
Dr Lynham said that the Council and Sunwater expected to sign the contract in late-August to start the work so that gravel can be crushed in time for work to begin as soon as possible.
The major contract for construction of the weir will be released to the market later this year for expressions of interest, with a contract awarded in mid-2020.
“Sunwater is open for business and wants to speak to potential customers for the water that Rookwood will deliver,” Dr Lynham said.
Sunwater Chief Executive Officer, Nicole Hollows, told a Parliamentary Estimates Committee hearing that final design had been completed for the road upgrade and bridges, as well as 85 per cent of the design for the weir.
The bridges will allow for increased flood immunity and reliability of access across the Fitzroy River.