Ground was being broken yesterday on the next stage of the $352 million Rookwood Weir project.

Local workers from Civil Mining and Construction started yesterday on the $2.2 million-dollar Capricorn Highway intersection upgrade at Gogango.

Locals can expect ongoing jobs to flow, with a multi-million-dollar bridge contract to be awarded next month with jobs for locals, and tangible progress on site.

The Gogango project will upgrade the road to provide safe access for large earth-moving machinery and construction vehicles travelling to the weir site.

Meanwhile, the 25-strong Rockhampton Regional Council crew is making good progress on the $7.5 million upgrade at nearby Thirsty Creek Road.

Work on culverts, floodways and cattle crossings two-thirds complete, while final road widening works are underway. The overall project is now nearly 30 per cent complete and on track for completion in June this year with the benefits of Rookwood Weir to extend well beyond the jobs.

It will provide opportunities for increased agricultural and industrial development, and jobs, as well as water security for the region.

The successful tender for the main weir package is due to be announced in mid-2020, while the contract to upgrade Riverslea Bridge will be awarded in April.

Sunwater CEO Nicole Hollows said work at Gogango was scheduled to be completed by mid-2020, weather permitting.

Local businesses continue to register their interest to supply goods and services on the project’s dedicated web registry. About 136 Central Queensland businesses have already registered.

About Rookwood Weir

Rookwood Weir is being constructed on the Fitzroy River, 66 kilometres south-west of Rockhampton.

It will create up to 100 jobs.

The thousands of megalitres of water it will make available will underpin agricultural growth and supply industrial and urban water in central Queensland.

The State Government and the Commonwealth continue to finalise funding agreements.

In the interim, the State Government has allocated $149 million over two years to allow detailed planning and design, and on ground works to proceed.


Source | Capricorn Enterprise | March 11th 2020 -

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