Queensland’s Rookwood Weir keeps on giving

11 March 2021

Central Queensland’s future water security is looking even brighter with another 10,000 megalitres of water being unlocked for Rookwood Weir.

Central Queensland’s future water security is looking even brighter with another 10,000 megalitres of water being unlocked for Rookwood Weir.

The Queensland and Federal Governments have each committed another $7.5 million to fund improvements identified by Sunwater and its design construction partners to raise the height of Rookwood Weir’s crest.

Raising the crest height by 700 millimetres increases the weir’s yield to 86,000 megalitres for agricultural, industrial and urban use.

This opportunity represents good value for money and will provide improved water security for the region and future customers, while boosting the local economy and creating more jobs in the central Queensland region.

Water is critical for economic growth and this is especially important as we continue to recover from the impacts of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Raising Rookwood Weir means that the Foleyvale bridge and its approach roads will also be upgraded to accommodate the greater level of inundation.

This upgrade will add another 15 full time jobs on top of the 100 jobs already created for essential road and bridge upgrades, and the 200 jobs which will be created to build the weir itself.

At least 140 of those jobs will be sourced locally – a big win for the regional economy.

Construction of Rookwood Weir is on track for completion in 2023.

The Rookwood Weir project is jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland Governments, and delivered in partnership with Sunwater.

More information on the Rookwood Weir project can be found here: https://www.rdmw.qld.gov.au/water/consultations-initiatives/rookwood-weir


Last updated: 11 Mar 2021