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Proposed Capricorn Highway Intersection Upgrade

If approved to proceed, it is proposed that the Rookwood Weir would be constructed primarily over two ‘dry seasons’. As a prerequisite to any construction starting on the weir itself, upgrades to the Capricorn Highway / Third Street Intersection at Gogango will need to be complete.

Consultation with the residents of Gogango on the proposed intersection upgrade was held on 5 October. The concept design discussed at that meeting and frequently asked questions can be found here.

All feedback regarding the proposed Capricorn Highway / Third Street intersection upgrade should be sent via email to by 31 October 2017.

The Gladstone Area Water Board and SunWater are joint proponents undertaking technical, environmental, social, cultural and economic investigations for the Lower Fitzroy River Infrastructure Project (LFRIP).

The LFRIP involves the raising of the existing Eden Bann Weir and construction of a new weir at Rookwood on the Fitzroy River, Central Queensland. The purpose of the LFRIP is to help meet future demand for water from urban populations, industry and agriculture in Rockhampton, Gladstone and the Capricorn Coast regions. The LFRIP will enable storage of water to supply approximately 76,000 mega litres per annum of unallocated high priority water.

In December 2016, the Queensland Coordinator-General concluded that the environmental impact assessment requirements of the State Development and Public Works Organisation Act 1971 (Qld) had been met and sufficient information provided to enable a thorough evaluation of the potential impacts. The Coordinator-General recommended that the LFRIP proceed subject to conditions and in accordance with recommendations set out in the LFRIP Coordinator-General’s evaluation report on the environmental impact statement (December 2016).

In February 2017, The Hon Josh Frydenberg MP, as Minister for the Environment and Energy, granted approval for the LFRIP under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth) (EPBC 2009/5173), subject to conditions.


Last updated 06 Oct 2017



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