Opponents hold meetings to help with community submissions on proposed Mary River dam
MARY Valley dam opponents are holding a string of meetings to encourage residents to make submissions to the State Government's environmental impact statement on the proposed Traveston Crossing Dam.
The meetings are being held throughout the Mary Valley, to help people decipher key points in the 1600-page document, and facilitate their responses to the proposal.
With time ticking away and the six-week deadline for submissions looming on the horizon, residents are urged to keep up the fight and make a strong argument against the proposed dam.
"People should not be overwhelmed by the prospect of responding to the entire document," Save the Mary River Coordinating Group researcher Steve Burgess said.
"Anyone who has something valid to say about even one issue raised in the document that is close to their heart can write a simple submission to the coordinator-general.
"By law, that submission has to be read and taken into account."
Meetings will be held at:
• Kandanga hall on November 12, 7pm;
• Ridgewood hall on November 13, 7pm;
• Federal hall on November 15, 7pm;
• Imbil Public Hall on November 16, 7pm; and
• Kenilworth show hall on November 20, 7pm.
Inquiries to Victor Hill on 5447 9288
02 November 2007 Traveston Crossing environmental impacts - less spin, more science please!
STATE Government politicians are spending their time and taxpayers' money on glossy brochures, "spin", promotional videos and ridiculous statements in Parliament, instead of getting on with the job of implementing reliable, cost-effective and environmentally sustainable options for water in South-East Queensland.
"I shook my head in disbelief at yesterday's going on in Parliament and the Government's press release later that day," Steve Burgess said.
He is one of the researchers reviewing the voluminous Environmental Impact Statement open for public comment until December 3 on behalf of the Save The Mary River Coordinating Group.
"In contrast to the very slick brochures and videos that accompany the document, the EIS itself has obviously been thrown together in a great hurry, and contains many careless errors and many omissions - the Government is effectively getting the public to proof-read it for them.
"Using a rainfall station (Crohamhurst) in the Brisbane River catchment to illustrate rainfall patterns in the Mary, when, by their own admission, there was a more appropriate rainfall station to use in the Mary River catchment is typical of the sloppiness in this report.
"Basic mistakes with units, like reporting the catchment of Traveston as 2100 square metres in the second page of the executive summary is also a symptom of a rushed job.
"I am amazed by Mr Lucas's comment in Parliament that Wivenhoe is more than 200 kilometres from the coast, and that Traveston Crossing is 50km from the coast - what map is he looking at?
"Any school child can quickly verify that Mr Lucas does not have a grasp of the geography of the region."