Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Forty local jobs up for grabs at Rookwood Weir

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Queensland Premier and Minister for the Olympics, The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk, Minister for Regional Development and Manufacturing and Minister for Water (Qld), The Honourable Glenn Butcher, Joint Media Release, 15 March 2022

Central Queensland workers stand to benefit with a number of jobs soon to be up for grabs as part of the $367.2 million Rookwood Weir project.

Proposed Rookwood Weir
Rookwood Weir proposed 3D plan. Source: Sunwater

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Barnaby Joyce said locals are already benefitting from our investment in Rookwood Weir and they will continue to – through construction and beyond.

“The Federal Government’s investment is creating jobs and opportunities for locals and businesses, and down the track will deliver the water security this region needs to grow and get ahead,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said 40 jobs would be filled in coming weeks as construction ramps up.

“We’re investing in infrastructure to create jobs and rebuild our economy,” the Premier said.

“If you’re a labourer, a concreter, a rigger or a crane operator – your next job could be on Rookwood Weir.

“This is an incredibly important project for this region.

“By delivering the funding required to build Rookwood Weir, more local workers stand to benefit.

“Construction is ramping up. I encourage locals, keen to be part of this iconic project to get online and apply.”

Minister for Regional Development, Manufacturing and Water Glenn Butcher said expressions of interest for the 40 positions are already open.

“This landmark project has already delivered more than 200 jobs for Queenslanders and is now looking to fill a range of additional roles over the coming weeks,” he said.

Member for Rockhampton Barry O’Rourke said Rookwood Weir is a long-term project that is already paying off with work for local people.

“Water infrastructure and jobs are two pillars of the Queensland economy and I am proud of the work the Palaszczuk Government is doing to deliver on this project,” he said.

“I am so proud to be delivering Rookwood Weir, which was announced in my first term in government.”

Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga said local tradespeople and apprentices are already on the job at Rookwood Weir and this new opportunity shouldn’t be missed.

“I’d encourage any local workers with the capabilities required to get on board to be part of this exciting initiative that will provide water security to their region for many years to come,” she said.

The Rookwood Weir team has vacancies for labourers, formsetters, steel fixers, concreters, riggers and crane operators.

Federal Member for Flynn Ken O’Dowd said the economic benefits provided by the project extended further than just the jobs created for the construction effort.

“The economic flow on effects will also benefit agriculturalists, communities, as well as both small and large businesses within the region,” he said.

Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said she was happy the project had reached a stage where more job vacancies are actively being filled.

“I’ve been fighting for Rookwood Weir since before I was elected,” she said.

“Anyone who lives in regional and rural areas knows that water supports the fabric of communities, especially in its use to build and expand the agriculture industry.

“The Coalition Government’s investment of $183.1 million into Rookwood Weir is set to benefit the entirety of the region and I look forward to seeing the project hit more milestones in the lead up to its completion.”

Employment opportunities at the weir come with highly competitive pay rates and conditions, as well attractive roster arrangements.

Central Queensland staff have the option to live at the weir’s on-site accommodation camp, be transported to and from Rockhampton or Gladstone each day by bus or drive themselves.

The workers’ camp is located a few minutes from the weir site and features individual rooms and bathrooms, catering, recreation facilities and a library.

Expressions of interest are open.  To find out more, visit

Out-of-river activities continue at the weir site, including the work on the riverbank and development of a fish lock for the weir.

Water from the weir will be available for sale later this year as part of the second stage of the tender process.

A minimum of 7500 megalitres will be released, with bidders able to apply for lots of up to 500 megalitres. This follows the successful sale of 30,000 megalitres in December 2020.

The Rookwood Weir project is jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments, delivered in partnership with Sunwater.

The weir is being delivered by an Alliance comprised of Sunwater, construction partners ACCIONA and McCosker Contracting and design partner GHD.



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