Rookwood Weir plan delivers for farmers
At least half the water from Rookwood Weir will be allocated for Central Queensland farmers, under a proposed plan out for consultation today.
The proposed amendment to the Fitzroy Basin Water Plan that is open for public consultation until 5pm Monday 28 September 2020 will help put water management mechanics in place to drive the region’s growth for decades to come.
Mechanisms include establishing new water trading zones for Rookwood Weir, new water allocation groups and measures to ensure that 50 per cent of water from the weir is allocated for agricultural use.
Rookwood Weir is being constructed on the Fitzroy River, 66 kilometres south-west of Rockhampton and the Fitzroy community are strongly encouraged to provide their feedback on the plan.
The thousands of megalitres of water it will make available will underpin agricultural growth and supply industrial and urban water in central Queensland.
The proposal released today sets aside at least half the water for agricultural use, and is the first step in administering the additional water the weir will bring.
Water service provider Sunwater – that is jointly overseeing design and construction of Rookwood Weir with designer GHD, and constructor McCosker Contracting and Lendlease Engineering – has reported that they have already received a positive response from farmers expressing interest in the first tranche of water being offered.
The positive response from farmers shows the regions appetite for Rookwood Weir and its water which will help drive economic recovery and jobs in the Fitzroy region.
The draft amendment also ensures that existing agricultural and urban water users and environmental flows are protected in the Lower Fitzroy.
Consultation runs for six weeks and the revised water plan will be in place around the time construction of the weir starts next year.
Consultation includes video conferences, phone meetings, as well as the usual online submissions, to meet COVID-19 social distancing requirements. For more information visit: dnrme.qld.gov.au
Rookwood Weir is included in the Queensland Government’s $50 billion infrastructure guarantee aimed at assisting Queensland’s economic recovery following the COVID-19 Pandemic.
The Queensland Government has allocated $149 million over two years to allow detailed planning and design, and on ground works to proceed.
Construction is scheduled to start by April 2021, for wet commissioning in January 2024.
Last updated 19 August 2020