Rookwood Weir ProjectFitzroy River
The Rookwood Weir is a landmark project that will capture valuable water in the lower Fitzroy Water for use across the region.
About the Project
Rookwood Weir is a landmark project that will capture valuable water in the lower Fitzroy River for use across the region.
The project comprises of two key components:
- constructing the weir
- enabling works that will upgrade existing infrastructure to support both the construction of the weir and its operation, which includes:
- upgrading and widening 16.2 kilometres (km) of Thirsty Creek Road
- installing a new intersection on the Capricorn Highway and upgrading Second Street and Third Street through to the railway crossing at Gogango
- building a 21-metre (m) high, 260m long bridge at Riverslea to replace the existing crossing and up to 300m of new road on the approaches to the bridge, connecting to the existing road
Building Rookwood Weir will:
- provide water security
- boost the regional economy
- create jobs during construction
- grow and diversify industry and agriculture
- allow for the buying and selling of water.
Rookwood Weir Fast Facts
- Full supply level: 45.5 m Australian Height Datum (AHD)
- Full supply volume (FSL): 65,402 ML for blended use – medium priority (MP) and high priority (HP) – subject to final design.
- Yield at FSL: 76,000 ML of MP – subject to final design.
- Impoundment length: 84km
- Minimum operating level: 37.0m AHD
- Weir length: 460m
- Height above riverbed: approximately 15.5m
Fitzroy River, Central Queensland, is located approximately 66km south-west of Rockhampton.
Building Queensland prepared a detailed business case (DBC) outlining a range of options for the Lower Fitzroy River Infrastructure Project (LFRIP). The DBC was developed with supporting funding from the Australian Government’s National Water Infrastructure Development Fund and was finalised in October 2017.
Rookwood Weir approval conditions, including environmental offsets and management measures, are available to view in detail.
The Rookwood Weir EIS and EIS approval conditions, including environmental offsets and management measures, are available to view in detail. While the Queensland and Australian Government approval conditions for the Rookwood Weir are in place, a range of secondary environmental approvals are being sought in accordance with local government and Queensland legislative requirements.
Please contact the Rookwood Weir project team for more information.