Progress continues on the $495 million dam project for Eden Bann and Rookwood weirs in central Queensland, with another step forward in the environmental impact assessment.
The Coordinator-General today released extra information for public consultation on the EIS for the Lower Fitzroy River Infrastructure Project, which proposes to raise the Eden Bann weir and build a new weir at Rookwood.
State Development Minister Anthony Lynham said the project would mean more jobs for central Queenslanders, with a peak construction workforce of 150 people, and a significant investment in the CQ economy.
“The project has the potential to capture 76,000 megalitres per annum of unallocated water resources and help meet the future residential and industry water demand in in the Rockhampton, Gladstone and the Capricorn Coast,” he said.
“It also has the potential to provide lower priority water for agricultural development in the lower Fitzroy valley.
“Water infrastructure projects by their very scale and permanence require rigorous economic and environmental feasibility assessment prior to final approvals.
“We will continue to work in close co-operation with each level of government to progress the business case through Building Queensland, so we can make an informed decision on this project.”
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce this week said their government would fund up to $130 million towards the cost of the $260 million Rookwood weir project, providing that the State Government completed a business case and finalised environmental approvals.
Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said studies showed the Rookwood weir would enable an additional $1billion in agricultural production in the region and create more than 2100 new full-time long term jobs in the agriculture sector.
The Gladstone Area Water Board and SunWater are behind the project proposal to raise Eden Bann weir, 62 km north-west of Rockhampton, and construct a new Rookwood weir, about 65 km west of Rockhampton.
The new EIS material is open for comment until June 27. For more information visit www.statedevelopment.qld.gov.au/lower-fitzroy