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Call for water supply interest in Rookwood Weir

Progress is continuing on the Rookwood Weir business case, with the next important step identifying demand for water.

Building Queensland, Gladstone Area Water Board (GAWB) and SunWater are seeking information from potential customers interested in water from the proposed Rookwood Weir in Central Queensland.

Rookwood Weir, located west of Rockhampton, could provide up to 42,000 megalitres of high priority water to support regional agricultural and industrial development.

Building Queensland CEO Damian Gould is advising anyone interested in water from the Lower Fitzroy River region to use this as an opportunity to identify their potential water requirements now to allow water demand from the proposed Rookwood Weir to be fully understood.

The Request for Information will close on 12 May 2017 and information provided will be used to assist with the completion of a detailed business case assessing the viability of the project.

Building Queensland is leading the development of a detailed business case for the project in partnership with the project proponents, GAWB and SunWater.

If you are interested in further information or participating in the Request for Information process, please visit and complete the form.

New $35m Queensland trade strategy to tap into international markets

An Advancing Trade and Investment – Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017-2022 has been developed, allocating $35 million over the next five years to deliver 22 new initiatives to boost exports, attract job-creating investment and strengthen Queensland’s regions. 

The strategy responded to shifting priorities in global markets to make sure Queensland remained internationally competitive. With the world economy is changing, and with megatrends like the rise of Asia, a growing global middle class, and digital disruption all affecting our local economy, there is a need to build and innovate in traditional industries like mining, agriculture, tourism and education, and expand up-and-coming sectors like renewables, biofutures, and aerospace and advanced manufacturing. To achieve this, the Queensland Government has committed to fund a range of initiatives, including export and e-commerce training for business, more international showcases and trade missions, and expanded overseas trade offices.

The strategy aims to increase Queensland’s share of national overseas exports to 22 per cent and boost the number of Queensland Government-assisted investment outcomes by 20 per cent by 2022. 

A crucial part of the strategy is to increase smart foreign investment to support new, job-creating projects. The strategy also has a strong regional focus, particularly on the north of our state and the opportunities right across Northern Australia.

The strategy was developed following extensive consultation with public and private stakeholders.

It can be downloaded at

Census Data Seminars

The Australian Bureau of Statistics will be hosting free 2016 Census of Population and housing data seminars from late June 2017. To make sure your location doesn’t miss out please register your interest here.


What’s your Digital Scorecard

What’s your digital score?

Find out if your organisation is destined to thrive, succeed and compete in the global marketplace.

Better understand how digitally prepared your organisation is by taking the Queensland Government’s free, confidential online assessment and receive a Digital Scorecard. You will also:

  • gain tips on how your organisation can improve its digital capability
  • be able to compare your organisation with similar ones in your region and industry
  • be notified about Digital Business Workshops in your area to help improve your digital score.

For more information visit the Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation website



$12M for Disaster Affected Sport Clubs

Sport and recreation clubs in areas affected by Tropical Cyclone Debbie and its aftermath will have access to immediate assistance and priority assessment for upcoming sports infrastructure funds. 

Under the disaster recovery program clubs can apply for grants of up to $5,000 to assist with urgent needs such as replacing equipment or making repairs to clubhouses or grounds. 

Guidelines are also being prepared for an $11 million program to support clubs and organisations in areas affected by Cyclone Debbie and its aftermath. Under the sports infrastructure grants program grants of up to $100,000 are available for clubs to upgrade, replace or build new infrastructure.

Application forms are available from local Sport and Recreation Services Offices or online at For further information or assistance, phone 1300 656 191.

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