Bids are now open to build the $352 million Rookwood Weir project, 60km south-west of Rockhampton.
Natural Resources Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said expressions of interest opened online at 11am today (October 2) for construction contractors wanting to build Queensland’s next piece of major water infrastructure.
“Today’s milestone is yet further tangible proof of our commitment to this project, which to date we have already invested $66 million in,” he said.
Member for Rockhampton Barry O’Rourke said the project would create up to 100 jobs during construction, boost economic activity in the region and deliver the water Central Queensland needed to grow agricultural businesses.
Sunwater is seeking expressions of interest from companies with the capability and expertise to deliver large-scale infrastructure projects to the highest industry standards.
The EOI requires candidates to have a proven track record of working collaboratively to tackle technical considerations, proven strong safety focus, while adhering to cost and environmental objectives, and providing benefits to local communities.
Dr Lynham said industry interest was already high, with more than 60 contractors attending a briefing on Monday.
“Additional industry information sessions will be held in Rockhampton this month,” he said.
The EOI will be open at the Queensland Government’s online tender portal, https://www.hpw.qld.gov.au/qtenders/
A process to select the preferred contractor will take place early in 2020 with the contract for the main weir package awarded mid-2020.
Tenders for other Rookwood Weir project packages, including road and bridge upgrades, are scheduled to be released in November and early next year.
Rockhampton Regional Council is set to start work next month on the $7.5 million Thirsty Creek Road upgrade to pave the way for the Rookwood Weir project.