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Rookwood Weir bridge project creates jobs

Construction of a $12.5 million bridge at Riverslea will create up to 25 Central Queensland (CQ) jobs as part of the latest phase of the $352 million Rookwood Weir project.

The Rookwood Weir is being built on the Fitzroy River, 66 kilometres south-west of Rockhampton. It aims to provide thousands of megalitres of water to underpin agricultural growth and supply industrial and urban water in Central Queensland.

The Riverslea bridge will replace the existing crossing, which will be inundated when the weir reaches full supply. It will have a single 3.5 metre lane, be 21 metres high and 260 metres long.

Natural Resources Minister Anthony Lynham said that Queensland-based Civil, Mining and Construction (CMC) would be on site today starting the year-long project.

“Queensland, like the rest of the world, is facing tough economic times ahead due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” Lynham said.

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“We’re continuing to manage our health response and that means Queensland’s plan for economic recovery, including its $50 billion infrastructure guarantee, is already rolling out.

“Rookwood Weir is region-changing water infrastructure that will deliver hundreds of jobs during and after construction and will expand irrigated agricultural production in the Lower Fitzroy.”

Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga welcomed the latest milestone.

“Central Queensland, like the rest of Queensland and Australia, is looking for good economic news as the world seeks a way out this global pandemic,” Lauga said.

“Rookwood Weir has already delivered 40 jobs at Thirsty Creek and Gogango, and the Riverslea Bridge now means up to another 25.”

Member for Rockhampton Barry O’Rourke said 247 CQ businesses had already registered their interest in supplying goods and services on the project’s dedicated web registry.

“This is local businesses showing a real sign of confidence in our region’s future,” he said.

“I’d encourage any local business with the capabilities required to get on board to be part of the future jobs and growth opportunities the weir offers for industry and farmers into the future.”

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