IF DAMS are the answer to the water crisis in South-East Queensland, why is Brisbane City on water restrictions?
That is the question thousands will be asking Premier Peter Beattie when they rally at the ALP conference at South Bank on June 10.
Protestors from north and south of Brisbane as well as the city itself will arrive by the bus load at 9.30am at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.
The crowd will include Mary Valley and Gympie residents fighting to save the Mary River from the flawed dam proposal at Traveston Crossing, the Rathdowney anti-dam campaigners and members of the Greens party.
The Mary Valley group will don Akubras to highlight their "country" origins and their placards will offer positive alternatives to building dams including:
• Invest in water tanks - a tank can save your garden and wash your car;
• Install water saving appliances;
• Change your plumbing to reuse grey water for non-drinking purposes;
• Retreat wastewater;
• Replace leaking pipes;
• Use water wisely - responsible consumption of water;
• Harvest run-off from roofs and hard standing areas; and
• Keep informed of other smart ideas.
It is the latest public protest in the Mary Valley campaign which has already united the shire councils which will be heavily affected by the proposed dam - Cooloola, Tiaro, Woocoo, Hervey Bay and Noosa.
The campaign has also pushed some ALP members to question their Premier's plans for the two dams, with Gympie and Mt Coolum Labor party branches publicly opposing the Mary River dam.
Environmentalist and farm industry groups including the Queensland Conservation Council and the Sunshine Coast Environment Council as well as the National Farmers Federation have all urged the Government to reconsider its plans.
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TAKE a bus, your own vehicle or join the car pool but be there at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on June 10 for the next rally to save the Mary River from the flawed dam proposal at Traveston Crossing.
The Save the Mary River Coordinating Group is joining fellow protestors from south of Brisbane and the Greens party to protest against the State Government's plans to build two new dams to solve the water crisis in South-East Queensland.
Protestors are being urged to wear their Akubras (or similar hats) to highlight their "country" origins and to bring placards and signs.
Anyone already owning the statement "Wheezer the lungfish" shirts is encouraged to wear them, and more will be available for $20 each on the buses scheduled for the trip.
The action group has booked a fleet of buses and for $15 for the round trip you can join the protest trip.
You can pay on registration at the Mt Pleasant Shop, Amamoor Shop, Kandanga Butcher, Carters Ridge Shop, Raine and Horne Imbil and at the Belli Shop.
In the Federal area contact Alan Sheridan on 5449 5222.
Bus pick-up stops on the day start at the Gympie Transit Centre at 6.30am.
Add a little more time if you are "down the track" at the other stops - but don't be late!
After leaving Gympie, the buses will stop at Amamoor Shop, the Save the Mary River information centre at Kandanga Railway Station, Raine and Horne Imbil, Carters Ridge Shop, Belli Hall and Federal State School.
Inquiries to the information centre on 5488 4800
Noosa residents are being urged to join their Mary Valley neighbours at an anti-dam rally at the ALP State Conference at Southbank's Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre at 9.30 this coming Saturday morning.
Underlining its previously expressed strong support for the Mary River Action Group, Noosa Council is willing to organise buses departing at around 6.30 am from a central point such as Tewantin, if sufficient residents agree to join a Shire contingent, paying a nominal return fare of approximately $15.00.