Greens in Gympie to protest Traveston Dam
At 11am on Monday 12 November 2007, the Greens will hold a press conference and public forum at Gold City Centre Stage, Mary St, Gympie to discuss sustainable water supply alternatives to the Traveston Dam.
Greens lead Senate candidate for Queensland, Larissa Waters, will be joined by Greens water spokesperson Senator Rachel Siewert and Greens candidate for Wide Bay Katherine Webb, in Gympie and Kandanga for the day.
"The Mary Valley community don't want this dam, and nor do the majority of Brisbane residents that I speak to. It would be a social, economic and environmental disaster, and it would not solve the current water crisis," said Ms Waters.
"The Senate Inquiry into the proposed dam was presented with overwhelming evidence that Traveston Dam is a high-cost, high-risk approach to South East Queensland's water supply. In my additional comments to the Senate Inquiry report I recommended that the dam be scrapped," said Australian Greens Senator for Western Australia and spokesperson on water, Rachel Siewert.
"The proposed Traveston Dam is a cruel hoax," said Ms Waters. "It would come too late to solve the current water crisis, and is unlikely to ever fill given the IPCC predicts climate change will reduce rainfall across the eastern seaboard. Thirty percent of what little water it would ever hold would evaporate given the mere 6 metre depth of the proposed dam," Ms Waters said.
"The proposed dam would destroy good quality farm land, send ancient species like the lungfish, Mary River Cod and turtle towards extinction, impact on the Great Sandy Strait downstream, displace hundreds of families and waste nearly $2 billion of taxpayer's money that could be better spent on providing water sustainably," said Ms Waters.
"Government should be proposing sustainable and reliable solutions to the water crisis, like water recycling, rainwater tanks for every home, stormwater harvesting, demand management, evaporation reduction from existing dams and improved water efficiency for rural, urban and industrial users," said Ms Waters.
"The Government should also refuse to grant new development approvals unless the necessary water is available and planning processes address sustainable water supplies.
The Greens' water supply solutions are in line with a February 2007 report by consultants Cardno, which found that with a combination of groundwater abstraction, source renewal, desalination, indirect potable re-use and demand management, Traveston Dam is not necessary to ensure South East Queensland's water security.