The newly-formed state cabinet is expected to meet today and hard-working Federal Member for Capricornia, Michelle Landry, has urged them to get on with the job of creating jobs for Central Queensland and build Rookwood Weir.
It was Ms Landry’s tenacity and drive that delivered the Federal Government’s commitment in 2016 to fund $130 million toward the vital water infrastructure’s construction; a commitment that is yet to be matched by the State Government.
“It is 569 days since the federal election and Central Queenslanders no longer care why this project has been stalled, they just want it built.
“The CQ economy is going backwards while the rest of the state, especially the South East Corner, gets showered with major infrastructure.
“We’ve seen thousands of jobs lost in the last 12 months in this region and it simply isn’t good enough to have projects like Rookwood Weir sitting on the bench, not getting a run.” Ms Landry said.
According to Rookwood Weir’s Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), the project promises to create over 200 construction jobs over two years and provide a $1 billion economic boom to the region, delivering 2,100 ongoing jobs.
It is also expected to greatly increase water security for the cities of Rockhampton and Gladstone, as well as the Capricorn Coast.
Conjecture rose during the 2017 Queensland election when a buried State Government report suggested the project was a must-have for the region and suggested immediate action be taken to make the infrastructure project a reality.
“What this leaked report showed was that this project is a go-er and we need to get moving for the sake of CQ.
“I’ve had discussions with the Mayor and Mr O’Rourke and there is plenty of good will locally to get this project going,” said Ms Landry.
“We need state cabinet to put jobs for CQ at the top of their priorities and build Rookwood Weir.”