Expressions of Interest (EOI) have opened to build Central Queensland’s $352 million Rockwood Weir.
Queensland Government owned bulk water infrastructure developer Sunwater is seeking companies with the capability and expertise to deliver large-scale infrastructure projects to a high standard.
The EOI requires candidates to have a proven track record of working collaboratively for technical considerations, a proven safety focus, an adherence to cost and environmental objectives and provide benefits to local communities.
A process to select the preferred contractor will take place in early 2020, with the contract for the main weir package to be awarded in mid-2020.
Natural Resources Minister, Anthony Lynham, said industry interest was already high, with more than 60 contractors attending a briefing on Monday.
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“The Queensland 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,” he said.
“Today’s milestone is yet further tangible proof of our commitment to this project, which to date we have already invested $66 million in.”
Tenders for other Rockwood Weir project packages, such as road and bridge upgrades, are scheduled to be released in November and early 2020.
Local businesses including machinery operators, labourers, plumbing and electrical contractors, catering and office suppliers are already registering their interest to support the project after a dedicated web-registry went live last month.
Member for Rockhampton, Barry O’Rourke, welcomed the latest progress on the project.
“This project will create up to 100 jobs during construction, boost economic activity in the region and deliver the water Central Queensland needs to grow agricultural businesses,” he said.