Rookwood EIS gets green light from Federal Government
A $300 million Central Queensland project, set to create over 2000 jobs, has received its final tick of approval from the Federal Government.
Today it is expected to be announced Rookwood Weir has received approval under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Act, meaning it is "shovel ready" according to the Federal Government.
The water security project, which is set to provide up to 400 construction and 2100 ongoing jobs, is now in the hands of the State Government.
Flynn MP Ken O'Dowd said the project was one step closer to becoming a reality.
"Rookwood is a vital project that has both the potential to drought-proof Central Queensland and provide a $1 billion boost," Mr O'Dowd said.
Already $130 million has been promised from the Federal Government to help build the weir between Rockhampton and Gladstone.
But the project still needs approval from the State Government, which is assessing the Lower Fitzroy River Infrastructure Business Case.
Resources and Northern Australia Minister Matthew Canavan said the investment in job-creating water projects was a major part of the Coalition Government's plan to boost economy.
"More water means more wealth and more jobs - and jobs are what central and north Queensland needs," he said.
Now the Coalition is calling on the State Government to finish the approval process.
The project, which will create water security for Gladstone and Rockhampton during a drought, also needs an additional funding support of $130 million from the State Government or private enterprise in order to go ahead.
"This project affects the whole region from Biloela to Gladstone to Duaringa, Rockhampton and Yeppoon; it should be bigger than politics, it should be built," Mr O'Dowd said.
In December last year the coordinator general released an evaluation report of the EIS, which included a comprehensive set of stringent conditions to protect water quality flowing into the Great Barrier Reef, animal habitats and endangered flora.
The project is expected to fuel a $1 billion boom in farm production across Central Queensland.
Capricornia MP Michelle Landry said the State Government needed to finish the business case for Rookwood Weir.