Lower Fitzroy River water infrastructure development

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Opportunity to develop industry and agriculture in Fitzroy region
Priority Initiative
Location
Fitzroy River, Central Queensland
Geography
Small towns, rural communities and remote areas
Category
Opportunity for Growth
Problem/Opportunity timeframe
Near term (0-5 years)
Proposed By
SunWater and Gladstone Area Water Board
Date added to the IPL
17 February 2016

Opportunity

Demand for water resources in Central Queensland is predicted to rise as a result of continued industrial and urban growth in the Lower Fitzroy and Gladstone areas and potentially some agricultural development within the Fitzroy Agricultural Corridor.

Water demand projections indicate a total shortfall of high priority water for urban and industrial needs in the Central Queensland region in the order of 41,000 megalitres per year by 2020.

Without secure access to water, further development in this high-growth region is expected to be constrained beyond 2020.

Proposed initiative

The initiative proposes increasing water storage in the region by constructing a new weir at Rookwood on the Fitzroy River.

The primary benefit of the initiative would be to provide up to 76,000 megalitres of medium and high priority water per year. The water would be used for agricultural, industrial and urban purposes, and potentially underpin further high-value agricultural development in the region.

Next steps

The business case was evaluated by Infrastructure Australia in June 2018.

The project is proceeding to delivery with funding support from the Australian Government and Queensland Government.

Road upgrades are underway and the Riverslea Bridge upgrade is scheduled to commence in 2020. Weir construction is scheduled to start in early 2021 and be completed by the end of 2023 (weather permitting).