Rookwood Weir recognised for excellence

02 February 2023

Demonstrating a focus on sustainable water infrastructure development, Queensland’s largest water infrastructure project is now more than half built. Rookwood Weir has received an 'Excellent' rating from The Infrastructure Sustainability Council (IS Council). The IS Council evaluates the environmental, economic and social performance of infrastructure in Australia and New Zealand.

Located near Rockhampton, Rookwood Weir will provide much-needed water storage and security for central Queensland, helping to build and sustain agriculture, industry and population growth. The project's excellent rating reflects the importance of environmental sustainability for the long term. Design elements focus on carbon and energy savings as well as a reduction in the amount of cement required for construction and the volume of extracted earth. The Weir also incorporates innovations such as a fish lock and a turtle passage, which will help local river species safely navigate the flows of the Fitzroy River.

The project has also been commended for its ongoing commitment to providing local jobs, with 170 local jobs already supported and more than $130 million invested directly into the local economy.

On track for completion in late 2023, Rookwood Weir is co-funded by the Australian Government ($183.6 million) and the Queensland Government ($183.6 million).

The IS Council's ‘Excellent’ rating recognises the Rookwood Weir project as a leader in sustainable water infrastructure and a great example for future projects.

Read more about this innovative project: Rookwood Weir