Locals and farmers to have their say on Rookwood Weir water allocations
Locals and farmers in Central Queensland are invited to have their say from 29 April on water allocations for the $352 million Rookwood Weir.
This consultation is all about getting guidance from grassroots water users on best way to trade and allocate the potential 76,000 mega litres of water that may sit in Rookwood Weir.
It is important that we get water users feedback now as the Queensland Government has already funded $66 million for early works for road upgrades and securing approvals to get the Rookwood Weir Project moving.
The Rookwood Weir Project falls within the Fitzroy Basin Water Plan catchment area and water users in this catchment are strongly encouraged to get involved and help shape water allocations and trading rules for the decades to come.
Essentially what is being sought is feedback on the Statement of Proposals that outlines several options for how the water in Rookwood Weir could be allocated, based on best available modelling and science.
As we are currently in the middle of a global COVID-19 pandemic the consultation has been designed in accordance with the Chief Health Officer social distancing directions.
Feedback can be provided via pre-scheduled video conferences, phone meetings, and online submissions.
Pre-recorded video presentations are also available to help water users better understand the Statement of Proposals.
Input from local water users will help guide future water demand and needs– while balancing environmental flows.
Feedback from this consultation will be integrated into the Fitzroy Basin Water Plan.
Local water users will also get another opportunity later this year to provide feedback on the draft Fitzroy Basin Water Plan.
The consultation closes at 5 pm on 12 June 2020 and can be accessed here.
Construction of the weir is due to commence in March 2021, with wet commissioning expected in January 2024.
Last updated 1 May 2020