Lessons to be learnt from Traveston dam proposal
Three weeks after Minister Garrett announced his proposed decision to reject the Traveston Crossing Dam campaign groups breathed a sigh of relief when the final decision was announced today unchanged.
"We are very pleased with Minister Garrett's announcement today and would like to congratulate him for his final decision to reject the Queensland Government's proposal to dam the Mary River." said Ms Pickersgill, President of the Save the Mary River Coordinating Group (STMRCG).
"Minister Garrett's decision confirms what we have been saying for over three and a half years -- the dam would have caused irreversible damage and was not a cost effective means of providing water security."
"We look forward to working with Minister Garrett and his Department on any plan to develop a regional recovery plan for the unique species and ecosystem of the Mary River. It is only through involvement and consultation with the community that this plan will have the best onground outcomes," said Ms Pickersgill
"The Traveston Dam would have been an environmental, economic and social disaster, not only for the Mary valley, but also for the State and the nation," said David White, co-convenor of Save The Mary River Brisbane Group
"The 50-year draft SEQ Water Strategy is now open for comment and we urge the government to listen to sustainable and innovative solutions based on the best science from the community. A new plan for a secure future water supply based on sustainable principles could provide new and permanent productive jobs for thousands of workers."
"There are many lessons to be learnt from this Traveston debacle in particular the need for proper consultation and negotiation with communities over water use and supply" he said.
Campaigners are calling on the Queensland Government to immediately revise the legislation which was used to justified the proposed dam.
"In particular we want the Mary Basin Water Resource Plan revised. This plan is a farce, created to make the dam look feasible -- it doesn't protect the Mary River or the Mary Estuary," said Darryl Stewart, president of the Greater Mary Association (GMA). "We also want the proposed dam to be removed from state legislation including the Water Act where it is listed as a drought measure."
The Save the Mary River Coordinating Group and the Greater Mary Association are involved in the Mary Valley Renewal team and are focused on making sure that the community voice is heard and acted on by the Queensland Government. 'The community deserves to have a voice in our future vision for the Mary Valley and we urge Ms Bligh to listen and to support us in our way forward." Ms Pickersgill said.
"We are having a huge thank you party on Sat Dec 12, 2009 from 3pm - 10pm at the Kandanga Oval (where the first anti-dam rally was held) and invite anyone who did anything to stop the Traveston Crossing Dam to come and join in the celebration"
Downloadable: "Victory Commemorative Postcard Party Invite" pdf
Save the Mary River Coordinating Group
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Save the Mary River Brisbane
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