Rookwood Weir

Establishing water security

Advance Rockhampton are the facilitators of the Sunwater Rookwood Weir Landholder Support Program

A $1.2 million Sunwater program to be facilitated by Advance Rockhampton is set to help Central Queensland farmers bid for water from the new Rookwood Weir.

Sunwater’s Rookwood Weir Landholder Support Program will provide services including farm and land use planning, agronomy assessment, irrigation design, commercial feasibility assessments and legal advice.  The program provides local landholders with the opportunity to invest in their transition to higher value crops and capitalise on the opportunity to secure water allocations from Rookwood Weir.

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For enquiries relating to the grants program, please contact:

Wade Clark
07 4936 8577 / 0458 579 457


More About Rookwood Weir

The Rookwood Weir is a landmark project that will capture valuable water in the lower Fitzroy, ultimately generating new economic & employment opportunities including intensive agricultural industry development. It will also support urban and industrial growth and water security.

The design and construction of the $367 Rookwood Weir will be managed by Sunwater (construction authority, operator & water marketer), GHD (designer) and McCosker Contracting and ACCIONA (constructor). Funding for the project by the State and Federal Governments is fully committed and early works have commenced with the weir construction anticipated to be completed in 2023.

Project Update - July 2021

Even with an unseasonal spot or two of rain around Central Queensland this winter, there has been a lot of activity at the Rookwood Weir construction site over recent months. With the earthworks program currently at more than 95% completion, the project has now eclipsed more than half a million cubic tonnes of soil and overburden excavated and hauled since project commencement.

There has been a recent and unmissable addition to the construction vehicle fleet at the Rookwood site with the arrival of a 280 tonne crawler crane. The big, bold, bright yellow lattice boom  crane got straight to work on site in June, utilising it's 70m boom to lift King post pilings into position. The biggest advantage with a crawler crane is it's ability to lift a load and then move with it. With a boom length of 70m, equivalent to more than a 20 story high building, the crane towers above the site even while it is stationed adjacent to the river bed.

Workforce numbers have ramped up significantly in the first 6 months of 2021, with the Rookwood workforce now exceeding 175 workers, contractors and subcontractors currently engaged with the project. A significant proportion of the workforce is sourced from the Rockhampton, Livingstone and Gladstone regions in addition to Central Queensland businesses supplying services and goods to the $367million job.


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