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    Deputy Premier, Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Jeff Seeney

    State’s assessment of Central Queensland weirs moves forward

    Deputy Premier, Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Jeff Seeney

    Monday, April 30, 2012

    State’s assessment of Central Queensland weirs moves forward

    Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney today announced approval for another important major project for Queensland.

    Queensland Coordinator-General Barry Broe cleared the way for SunWater Limited and the Gladstone Area Water Board to prepare the environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Lower Fitzroy River Infrastructure Project.

    The project involves raising Eden Bann Weir and constructing a new weir at Rookwood on the Fitzroy River roughly 50km south-west of Rockhampton.

    Mr Seeney said Gladstone area currently relied on water supplies from Awoonga Dam, but the development of the Lower Fitzroy River Infrastructure Project aimed to ensure diversified water supply for the region.

    “Along with the construction and upgrading of the weirs will be fish and turtle passage structures, which will be developed in consultation with the Departments of Environment and Heritage Protection and Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry,” he said.

    The weir projects were identified as options for meeting short to medium-term urban and industrial needs in the Lower Mackenzie-Fitzroy sub-region.

    Coordinator-General Barry Broe said the final terms of reference for the EIS had been approved and provided to the proponent.

    He said fourteen submissions were received on the draft terms of reference.

    “These have now been considered, and I am pleased to say that the terms of reference have been finalised—meaning the way is now clear for the proponent to get on and prepare their EIS,” Mr Broe said.

    “The EIS will assess any potential environmental, economic or social impacts of the proposed project.

    “Once the EIS has been prepared, the document will be circulated to key stakeholders and advertised for public comment.”

    -ENDS-

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