Water project flows in Central Queensland

ICN is working closely with Sunwater to secure long-term water supplies for central Queensland. 

The Rookwood Weir project, located about 66 kilometres south west of Rockhampton, involves the construction of a new water storage facility on the Fitzroy River to help meet future urban agricultural and industrial water demand in Rockhampton, Gladstone and the Capricorn Coast.

Its scope includes:

  • construction of the Rookwood Weir and associated ancillary infrastructure
  • upgrading Thirsty Creek Road and the intersection with the Capricorn Highway at Gogango
  • construction of bridges and a low-level culvert crossing.

When complete, the $352 million project, jointly funded by the Queensland and Federal Governments, will supply water for the region - a resource that will support local economic growth for future agricultural diversification, industrial development and improved water security for Rockhampton, Gladstone and the Capricorn Coast.

Sunwater, who will develop and operate the weir, will integrate the infrastructure into its existing network, which includes Eden Bann Weir and Stanwell Pipeline.

The project is committed to creating sustainable employment and economic development opportunities for local and Indigenous suppliers.

ICN Queensland consultant, Abhiney Arora said Sunwater would provide ‘full, fair and reasonable opportunity’ for capable and competitive local and Indigenous suppliers to compete for work or participate in project supply chains.

Sunwater is encouraging interested suppliers to contact ICN in the first instance to find out more about the Expression of Interest process.

The major contract for construction of the weir is expected to be released to the market soon. Workers from Rockhampton Regional Council will be the first to break ground on the project as part of the $7.5 million upgrade of Thirsty Creek Road.

This involves widening a section of the road to allow access for heavy earthmoving vehicles.

For more information or to register an expression of interest, go to the Rookwood Weir Gateway page.