Byline: Darryn Nufer Darryn.Nufer@capnews.com.au
CONSULTATION officially opens today for the $352 million Rookwood Weir project in Central Queensland.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk (pictured) said the process was a significant next step for the project and would ensure that water products met farmer and industry needs to maximise growth and jobs.
"We're still pushing ahead with projects like this and supporting jobs in regions just like Rockhampton," Ms Palaszczuk said.
A Statement of Proposals is now public, outlining several options for how the water in Rookwood Weir could be allocated.
All options include high priority water for Gladstone and medium priority water for farmers.
High priority water is more reliable than medium, costs more, and is typically used for town water or industry.
Medium priority is typically what farmers buy. Natural Resources Minister Anthony Lynham said this was an important stage of planning for Rookwood Weir and input was needed now with the government progressing the project with its own funds.
"The Fitzroy Basin Water Plan is being amended to support the construction and operation of this region-changing piece of water infrastructure," Mr Lynham said.
"Sunwater and my Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy are bringing options for consultation to the people who know best what they need - farmers, urban water authorities and industry.
"With their input, Rookwood will deliver the optimum volume of high and medium priority water, the water trading opportunities, in the...