Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Rookwood Gets the Funding Go-Ahead; Turnbull Visits Rockhampton

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Rookwood Gets the Funding Go-Ahead; Turnbull Visits Rockhampton

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Byline: Leighton Smith Leighton.Smith@capnews.com.au

IT'S time to crack open the bubbly Central Queensland because the $352m Rookwood Weir project finally has the funding to go ahead.

A staunch advocate for the Rookwood Weir project since she took office in 2013, Capricornia MP Michelle Landry broke the news that her government was coming to the party with an increased funding commitment of a further $46 million to bring their contribution to $176 million -- making this project a 50:50 funding arrangement between the Commonwealth and Queensland state government.

Ms Landry promised she would be cracking the champagne when this day arrived and she arrived at The Morning Bulletin office yesterday armed with the drink reserved for special celebrations.

"[I'm] very pleased that the Prime Minister [Malcolm Turnbull] is coming to announce the rest of the funding, another $46m and we're looking forward to getting this going," Ms Landry said.

"It's been very important for the area, we keep saying it's about a billion dollars extra in agriculture, it's about thousands of extra jobs down the track and I think it's about water security as well for the agricultural sector and also for Livingstone and for Gladstone. …

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