SunWater will deliver the $352 million Rookwood Weir project, 60km south-west of Rockhampton.
The Palaszczuk Government allocated $66 million in the 2018-19 Queensland Budget to progress the weir, which will have the ability to supply 76,000 ML per annum of water for the region.
Member for Rockhampton Barry O’Rourke said SunWater was well placed to develop and operate Rookwood Weir.
“The infrastructure will be integrated into their existing local network which includes Eden Bann Weir and Stanwell Pipeline,” he said
Chief executive officer Nicole Hollows said SunWater had worked with Gladstone Area Water Board during the preliminary phases of the project to identify demand for water in Central Queensland and the drivers for economic growth.
“Our research tells us there are primary producers in the region with an appetite for growing their business, diversifying into new crops or using their land differently,” Ms Hollows said.
“Irrigated water from Rookwood Weir would empower many of them to do this in the future.’’
Rookwood Weir will provide a combined 42,000 ML of water per annum for agricultural and commercial use.
About 4000 ML per annum of high priority water will be used to supplement urban supplies along the Capricorn Coast.
Gladstone Area Water Board will also have access to about 30,000 ML per annum of high priority water to supply industrial and urban users in Gladstone.