$130 million federal funding boost for CQ jobs
DECADES of planning and a bill of $260 million is set to come to fruition for Rookwood Weir today with Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull expected to commit $130 million to the project.
With the potential to create more than 2000 new jobs, kick start a $1 billion expansion of local agriculture and promote a business case for Rockhampton Regional Airport to become international, Rookwood Weir is expected to be backed in an announcement by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce this morning.
Federal MP Michelle Landry said persistent lobbying put the project above other competition developments vying for Federal Government funding.
"This is something that I have been fighting for since before I was elected and I think this is significant for Rockhampton and Central Queensland," Ms Landry said.
"This could provide up to 2100 jobs and I think it's something that as a community we have fought long and hard for.
"This has taken a lot of very hard lobbying and we have pushed extremely hard for this. All I talk about in parliament is these projects I would like to see up here.
"We've had a major downturn in the mining sector and proposals like this are going to be very good for employment in this area."
Ms Landry said Rookwood Weir presented significant support for the Central Queensland agriculture sector.
"This is the first stage of a major development for this area and from this we would flow on for further agriculture in the area (such as) cattle feed lots but also it could expand into Rockhampton Regional Airport becoming international with a business case," she said.
"We need more crops to be able to export overseas and things like this Rookwood Weir is certainly going to help provide all of that.
"It's going to fund a final State Government business case for Rookwood at the cost of $2 million and then the second part of it is going to commit to fund up to $130 million from the Commonwealth towards the cost of building Rookwood Weir, providing the State Government completes a business case and finalises environmental approvals."