The foundations of the Rookwood Weir are being laid with first pours for Queensland’s largest water infrastructure project.
After years of hard work, this marks the start of something great. The $367 million projects unlock thousands of more megalitres for increased waster security and agricultural production to drive new job opportunities in Central Queensland.
Barnaby Joyce, the Infrastructure and Transport Minister for Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that Rookwood Weir will transform our region into an agricultural powerhouse. It’ll also open new business opportunities which we can use to boost this economy.
Queensland Water Minister Glenn Butcher said the project is already delivering benefits across a vast area.
Federal Member for Flynn Ken O’Dowd said that concrete is now being produced at the onsite batch plant and used to pave over spillways.
Barry O’Rourke said the project team was working hard to keep construction on schedule following last month’s two-week shutdown after a contractor tested positive for COVID-19.
As a way of ensuring that the concrete sets properly, Sunwater Chief Executive Officer Glenn Stockton says pours to take place at night for temperature control.
The Rookwood Weir is a project that was made possible by the Australian Government and Queensland Government, delivered through an alliance of Sunwater, McCosker Contracting Pty Ltd, GHD, and ACCIONA Geotech.