Central Queensland-based McCosker Contracting will build the $352 million Rookwood Weir with LendLease Engineering.
The State Government announced the key construction contract today, saying the LendLease/McCosker joint venture had committed to sourcing at least 140 employees – about 70 per cent of their project team – in CQ.
Member for Rockhampton Barry O’Rourke said McCosker, LendLease, GHD and Sunwater would work closely over next two months to progress the project.
“They will be seeking quotes from suppliers to build the workers’ camp and for quarry materials, plant and equipment hire and fencing,” he said.
“From September, suppliers and contractors will be signed up, with preliminary works starting in November.
“That’s Rookwood Weir creating jobs in the short-term, as well as opportunity well into the future as Queensland recovers. That’s good news for local businesses.”
McCosker Contracting managing director Bob McCosker said one of the first priorities was to work with other project members to connect with local industry, suppliers and workers.
“This is an unprecedented opportunity for local businesses to play a critical role on a project that will significantly enhance water security in the region,” he said.
“To date, 247 businesses have registered to provide services to the project, and the Rookwood team will be holding industry briefings to discuss what is available for suppliers.”
Civil, Mining and Construction (CMC) has started work on a $12.5 million bridge at Riverslea as part of the Rookwood Weir project, 60km south-west of Rockhampton on the Fitzroy River.
The 260m long, 21m high Riverslea bridge will replace the existing crossing, which will be inundated when the weir reaches full supply.
Two other road projects associated with the weir – the $2.2 million Capricorn Highway intersection upgrade at Gogango and the $7.5 million upgrade at Thirsty Creek Road – were completed in June.