Capricorn Enterprise has welcomed the Australian Infrastructure Plan listing of Lower Fitzroy River water infrastructure development as a national priority.
The plan was released by Infrastructure Australia this week and lists 93 infrastructure priority initiatives including 12 for Queensland.
Lower Fitzroy River water infrastructure was highlighted as an opportunity to develop industry and agriculture in the Fitzroy region and was the only Queensland project listed in the plan’s “Growth Opportunities” category.
Capricorn Enterprise had listed the development of the Eden Bann and Rookwood Weirs on the Fitzroy River as the No. 1 priority project for Central Queensland in a joint submission last year with Northern Australia Alliance partners (Advance Cairns, Capricorn Enterprise, Townsville Enterprise, Broome Future Ltd, Northern Territory Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Karratha & Districts Chamber of Commerce & Industry).
The estimated cost of raising Eden Bann Weir and construction of a new weir at Rookwood on the Fitzroy River is $495 million and the project would create 150 jobs in construction, according to State Development department documents
Engineers Australia hailed the release of the Australian Infrastructure Plan as a big step forward in removing the politicisation of infrastructure development.
“The plan is based on an aspiration of better decisions and better delivery. We now call on governments to use the Infrastructure Australia plan to provide community with assurance that they are getting value for money from their taxpayer dollar,” chief executive officer Stephen Durkin said.
“With over 60,000 engineers employed in infrastructure delivery in this country, long-term planning gives engineering employers the certainty they need to invest in the skills and workforce development the government will need to deliver its nation-building agenda.”
The Australian Infrastructure Plan can be viewed at infrastructureaustralia.gov.au/policy-publications/publications/Australian-Infrastructure-Plan.aspx