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The Rookwood Weir Project has been named the proud new Lift Off partner for the RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service.

The significant contribution will help ensure the service continues to offer a dedicated aerial search and rescue helicopter with full aeromedical and counter disaster capabilities in Central Queensland.

Queensland Water Minister Glenn Butcher said the sponsorship will support RACQ CapRescue in providing access to lifesaving helicopter rescue services for approximately 300,000 people.

“This is an essential service that is available across the region 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days per year,” he said.

“It provides rapid deployment of medical or rescue teams to major accidents or search and rescue operations.

“Just like the communities of Central Queensland that are built on mateship and supporting each other in times of need, it’s comforting to know that RACQ CapRescue is ready to spring into action when an emergency occurs.

Access to medical care is essential to life in regional Queensland, as is access to water.

RACQ CapRescue’s Operations Manager Kirsty Wooler welcomed the Rookwood Weir Project to the service’s supporter base.

“Rookwood Weir will deliver water security for agriculture and industry, securing more opportunities for Central Queensland communities now and into the future,” Ms Wooler said.

“This partnership is a further benefit from the project for the region, supporting our helicopter rescue service which covers an area of 350,000 km2.”

“The weir will deliver water security for local industry and community and, in the process, create opportunities for the communities serviced by RACQ CapRescue to survive, grow and prosper.”

The Rookwood Weir project is located 66km west of Rockhampton. Upon completion, it will be the largest weir in Queensland and the largest built in Australia since WWII.

Rookwood Weir is jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments, delivered through an alliance comprising Sunwater, McCoskers Contracting,
GHD and ACCIONA Construction Australia.