Queensland seeks bids for next stage of $243m Rookwood Weir project
October 04, 2019 – The Queensland government in Australia has invited bids from potential contractors to deliver the next stage of work as part of the A$352m ($243m) Rookwood Weir project on the Fitzroy River, 60km south-west of Rockhampton.
The Rockwood Weir project will have the capacity to supply 76,000 megalitres of water per annum for agriculture, industries and urban areas in central Queensland.
SunWater, a statutory corporation owned by the Queensland government, was earlier selected by the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy (DNRME) as the project’s construction facilitator and operator.
The firm is now seeking expressions of interest from contractors to deliver large-scale infrastructure projects to the highest industry standards.
Queensland Natural Resources Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said: “The Palaszczuk Government is getting on with delivering a landmark, multi-million-dollar project that will underpin agricultural growth and supply industrial and urban water for years to come.
“Today’s milestone is yet further tangible proof of our commitment to this project, which to date we have already invested $66 million in.”
A process to select the preferred contractor is scheduled to take place early in 2020, while the contract for the main weir package is planned to be awarded in mid-2020.
Additionally, tenders are planned to be released for other Rookwood Weir project packages, including road and bridge upgrades, in November 2019 and early 2020.
Rockhampton Regional Council is scheduled to commence work on the $7.5m Thirsty Creek Road upgrade, as part of the Rookwood Weir project, in November 2019.
The Thirsty Creek Road upgrade will involve the widening of a 16.2km section of the road to accommodate heavy earthmoving vehicles for the construction of the weir.
Planned for completion in 2021, the Rookwood Weir project forms part of the Lower Fitzroy River Infrastructure Project (LFRIP), which aims to ensure the reliability of water supply to meet the increasing needs in central Queensland.