New water storage proposal
IT WILL cost $434 million to build a new water storage on the Fitzroy River at Rookwood and raise the existing weir at Eden Bann.
The latest proposal to capture additional water from the river is from the Gladstone Area Water Board in conjunction with SunWater. The Queensland Government has designated it a significant project and the Rockhampton Regional Council will be a key advisory agency and has been asked to provide input into the draft terms of reference for an environmental impact statement.
An initial advice statement presented to councillors this week says the short-to-medium-term urban and industrial needs of the lower Mackenzie-Fitzroy sub-region cannot be met by current supplies and efficiency measures.
The proposal would allow for the capture and storage of 76,000 megalitres a year – 30,000 for urban and industrial use for the Gladstone Area Water Board, 42,000 for urban, industrial and agricultural purposes in the lower Fitzroy and 4000 for growth on the Capricorn Coast.
Although Eden Bann falls within the Rockhampton Regional Council area, there are no plans at this stage to seek funding from the council.
The proposed Rookwood dam is also mostly within the regional council boundaries and extends into Woorabinda Aboriginal Shire Council and Central Highlands Regional Council areas.
Cr Greg Belz, who chairs the council's water committee, said the plan would guarantee supplies for industrial development in the region.
But Cr Cherie Rutherford wanted reassurances that affected landowners would be consulted.
The study will consider the impact on wildlife, including Fitzroy River Turtle.