News

Rookwood Weir insiders confirm over-subscripton for water

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce in Rockhampton last year to talk about infrastructure spending and the proposed Rookwood Weir.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce in Rockhampton last year to talk about infrastructure spending and the proposed Rookwood Weir. Chris Ison ROK271016cpm2

UNOFFICIAL reports have surfaced of an over-subscription for water from Rookwood Weir.

Construction of the weir has the full support of the Federal Government with the Queensland Government waiting on the outcome of a business case being prepared by Business Queensland.

A credible source has told The Morning Bulletin the Prime Minister has been informed of the over-subscription.

Building Queensland is yet to release the commission demand study but Capricornia MP Michelle Landry yesterday confirmed insiders had indicated there was an over-subscription.

"We look forward to seeing the final results of the business case and getting this project underway to create over 2000 jobs for Central Queensland,” Ms Landry said.

Rockhampton businessman Dominic Doblo has long maintained Rookwood Weir would be insufficient to meet demand into the future.

He has been pushing for a mega dam on the Fitzroy River at The Gap, about 50kms north west of Rockhampton.

Studies into The Gap dam go back to the 1950s when it was first touted as a major nation-building infrastructure project.

But Ms Landry says the proposal has been analysed by scientists who say the dam is too shallow to be feasible in the tropics.

"The Fitzroy Gap Dam would put a million square hectares of land near Rockhampton under water, running 140km from the mouth of the Fitzroy River,” she said.

"It's breadth, while dwarfing the Snowy Mountains Scheme, would threaten numerous properties and does not have the depth to be financially sustainable.

"The price tag is unknown, but is possibly as high as $9 billion.”

She said such a colossal concept could take up to 10 years of scientific and environmental research before it could be even be considered by any government, while Rookwood was simply awaiting the final business case.

"If I thought it was the right thing to do I'd push for it, but we need to listen to the scientists on this, or we'll get distracted from the main game,” she said.

"If you thought there was a blue over land acquisition at Shoalwater Bay, this would be much bigger.

"This is prime agricultural land.”

A Building Queensland spokesman yesterday said they were continuing to develop a a preliminary business case from information received during the request for information process, which closed on May 12.

Topics:  business queensland dominic doblo malcolm turnbull michelle landry mp rookwood weir the gap dam


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Bravehearts fundraiser mowing down 1 million

PUSH FOR SUPPORT: Claude "The Mowerman” Harvey returned to CQ this week to raise money for Bravehearts Foundation.

Claude "The Mowerman” Harvey back in CQ.

Sing for Charlie-Kay

COMMUNITY SUPPORT: Tameaka Powell raising money for local teen Charlie-Kay Woods at her event Music in the Park at the weekend.

Local performer donates event profits to teen's family.

Title handover is a gift to families

NEW ERA: Brenda Sypher, Jennie Purvis, Bev Bettinzoli, Di Alexander and Ryan Harnden at the title transfer for Yumba Bimbi.

Yumba Bimbi title transferred.

Local Partners

Stories of Hope: Helping each and everyone

For the final Stories of Hope column, registered nurses Annette Luck and Zelda Drotsky share their story where cancer is part of their everyday work.

Why crowds are loving Happy Kanye at Splendour

Danger Dave and Melissah Marie with the artwork Happy Kanye at Splendour in the Festival 2017.

By Barcelona-based artistic collective Hungry Castle

Amber Heard, Elon Musk among Splendour celebs

Bernard Fanning plays the main stage at Splendour in the Grass 2017 on day 2.

DAY TWO of Splendour in the Grass was the day of celebrities.

Working class? Man, Gympie's got the show for you

Jimmy Barnes

Aussie rock icons coming to Gympie for 150th celebrations.

REVIEW: Bigger 10.5 inch iPad Pro packs power, fun

AFTER a long day at the office staring at a computer screen, sometimes the last thing you want to do is look at another device.

Elon Musk using anti-phone device at Splendour?

FILE - In this April 30, 2015, file photo, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk unveils the company's newest products, in Hawthorne, Calif. Tesla Motors is starting to build its electric cars with all the sensors, cameras and other gear needed to drive completely on their own when regulations allow the technology to take over that responsibility. The announcement made late Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016, by Tesla CEO Musk marks the Silicon Valley automaker's next step toward selling cars that can navigate the roads without the help of a human. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu, File)

Did Musk use high-tech to protect his privacy at the festival?

Cartoonist Mitch Cairns wins Archibald Prize

A portrait of Agatha Gothe-Snape has won the 2017 Archibald Prize for cartoonist Mitch Cairns.

Portrait of partner capture renowned art accolade.

Princess Diana: How an Aussie's story made her cry

‘A tear rolled down her cheek’ ... Phil Williams tells his story to Princess Diana.

Phil Williams met Princess Diana on his 18th birthday.

Jonathan LaPaglia takes you inside Australian Survivor s2

Jonathan LaPaglia in a scene from season two of Australian Survivor.

Strategy plays key role as castaways seek to make savvy moves.

Bachelor Recap: Matty’s stunning public rejection

Chic.

Last night we saw humiliation at its best

NZ anchor drops F-bomb live on air

Veteran news anchor Eric Young has been caught uttering an expletive.

Veteran NZ newsreader swears on live television

Hearty food for cold nights

Boneless lamb shoulder roast with crushed kipflers.

RECIPES: Two tasty lamb dishes to try this winter

How one man made more than $20m in a land deal

Varsity Lakes

Sale, with GST added, shows as a $26.4 million transaction

Open for inspection homes 27 July - 2 August

Check out this weekend's homes open for inspection.

Beers, spirits and 131 years of history up for grabs

The 131-year-old General Gordon Hotel is on the market with all of its quirks included.

Pub with good beer and "lovely food” for sale 20 minutes from town

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!