Rookwood Weir Water plan

Rookwood Weir Project

Fitzroy River

Sunwater is committed to delivering water for prosperity, benefiting Central Queensland communities, agriculture and industrial enterprise.

Fitzroy Basin Water Plan

Rookwood Weir will be a critical piece of water infrastructure for Central Queensland and the Queensland Government and Sunwater are committed to working together with the community to make it a success.

Significant planning is underway to prepare for the operation of Rookwood Weir and the benefits of bringing this new infrastructure into the region’s water planning framework will be maximised.

The Queensland Government has released a statement of proposals for water from Rookwood Weir, outlining several options for how the water could be allocated, based on best available modelling and science.

Get involved in the water planning process

To find out about the water planning process or to get in contact with a water planner, visit the Queensland Government’s Department of Regional Development, Manufacturing and Water website.

Existing water entitlement holders

The Queensland Government finalised amendments to the Fitzroy Basin Water Plan and associated water planning documents in June 2021.
These amendments are the result of 12 months of public consultation and scientific analysis to ensure the water from Rookwood Weir supports local agricultural, environmental, cultural and urban needs into the future. View the amendment plan here.
Preparation of the water plan’s technical operating documents has now commenced and includes the:

  • Operations Manual – the operational rules for the scheme including releases, sharing rules and seasonal assignment rules
  • Resource Operations Licence (ROL) – the requirements of the scheme operator to achieve their obligations under the water plan
  • Water Management Protocol – the water dealing, trading and sharing rules and the amount, purpose and location of unallocated water reserves.

Sunwater and DRDMW will start a four-week public consultation period in mid-2022 on these draft Operational Instruments.

Existing water allocation holders in the Lower Fitzroy region and business and community groups with an interest in the Fitzroy River will be invited to provide feedback on these documents.


Please contact the Rookwood Weir project team for more information.