November 9-11 Australian Water Association regional conference @ Sunshine Coast
Contact Tanzi Smith (presenting a paper) on 0405 848965.
Save the Mary River Coordinating Group
Support and Information Centre, Kandanga Railway, Ph: 5488 4800
September 3, 10, 17, 24 Save the Mary September:
A familiar slogan used by the campaigners is: "We need the Mary - not another Murray!"
The timeline on every Monday this month:
Sept 3 - Lights on day - drive with your lights on for Mary (but please remember to turn them off when you park!);
Sept 10 - Tie a balloon day - tie balloons on your fences, gates and posts around town and even write "no dam" slogans or "FUBT" (Farmers United Beyond Traveston) on them (but please remember not to litter and pick them up the next day!);
Sept 17 - Wear gold day - any way you can - a gold shirt, a gold ribbon, jewellery … wear it, put it on your car, whatever!
Sept 24 - Jackpot day - do all of the above! Contact John Porter on 5447 6981.
September 3-6 Riversymposium conference @ Brisbane
Contact Zela Bissett (presenting a paper) on 0439 130537, Steve Burgess and Glenda Pickersgill (presenting a poster each).
September 7 Threatened Species Day
Proposed parade of people in 'threatened species' costumes in Mary Street, Gympie. Contact Glenda Pickersgill on 0411 443589.
September 10 Community BYO barbecue at the Kandanga sports oval:
Two representatives - one each from the European Rivers Network and the International Rivers Network - plus Wayne Cameron (Bulimba Ck catchment committee) visit the Mary River on Sept 8-9 and will mingle with locals at the barbecue.
They are here to research the Save the Mary River submission - the only Australian issue to win a place at the international Expo Zaragoza 2008 to be held in Spain.
Past expos have produced icons like the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
This year's expo has a theme of "Water and Sustainable Development" and runs for three months from June.
The Spanish-based Foundation for a New Water Culture (FNCA) invited international NGOs to participate in a multi-media exhibit entitled "Homage to the Affected of Water Policies", which will form the centrepiece of the Pavilion of Citizens Initiatives. The project "Mary River Catchment - Traveston Dam Proposal" is among with 21 international case studies.
Contact Glenda Pickersgill on 0411 443589.
September 17 Annual general meeting for Save the Mary River Coordinating Group
Positions of president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer etc vacated. Contact John Porter on 5447 6981.
October 6 Kandanga 1000
Second annual protest for horse enthusiasts in support of the Mary River which could attract 1000 riders. The 18km trail ride will be followed by a campover, bush tucker and concert. Contact Lyndall Ensbey on 0427 167329.
October 7 Twitching with Mary
Bird observers join the fight to Save the Mary, to raise awareness of the present rich bio-diversity of the Mary River and the birds the proposed dam would affect. Landholders being sought to participate - from the Conondales to the sea - on October 7 from 6am-6pm. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
or phone Dawn Forrer on 5485 2836.
August 22, 2007 Mary River campaign goes to international expo
THE Mary Valley battle to stop the proposed Traveston Crossing Dam near Gympie is expected to be the only Australian issue to win a place at the international Expo Zaragoza 2008 to be held in Spain.
And like everything in this ground roots campaign to stop a predicted environmental disaster in South-East Queensland, Australia, it is being presented by volunteers.
Project manager Wayne Cameron, of the Brisbane-based Bulimba Creek Catchment Coordinating Committee, said until his project was nominated, Australia was not represented among the 100 nations involved in the expo which carries the theme "Water and Sustainable Development".
"We got in at the last minute, and we have had our professional team approved by the international body, and while our collaborators are all highly regarded in their own right, we are participating with Nobel Prize winners from some of these countries.
"Ours is the only country which has not secured government support or funding at any level for our representation at this most important expo," Mr Cameron said.
Glenda Pickersgill, the environmental officer with the Save the Mary River Coordinating Group, hopes to travel to the expo with Mr Cameron to tell the world about the embattled Mary Valley.
They will be armed to the hilt with facts and figures on the social and environmental impacts of the State Government's bid to shore up South-East Queensland's water supplies by robbing the Mary River of its flow.
Mr Cameron hand-picked his team, which also includes Kenilworth photographer Arkin Mackay, ABC film and documentary producer Randall Wood, Australian Geographic writer Peter Meredith, and researcher Elizabeth Caplice.
To prepare for the expo, two representatives of the international organising body will tour the Mary Valley on September 8-9, mingling with locals at a community barbecue at the Kandanga recreation grounds on September 10.
Roberto Epple and his wife Michelle, from the European Rivers Network, and Patrick McCully from the International Rivers Network, will join Mr Cameron to visit the Mary River catchment and fly over the dam footprint.
The project team will return to the valley mid-September to capture the "personality of the community" and the uniqueness of the Mary River as a place of international significance.
"We need to retain this area as a rural landscape and a productive region for the future, and to protect the globally recognised endangered species of the Queensland Lungfish, Mary River turtle and cod," Mr Cameron said.
He said the proposed Traveston Crossing Dam was not a "done deal" and still required Federal Government approval under the Environmental Protection Biodiversity and Conservation Act.
Expo Zaragoza 2008 runs from June 14-September 14 in the Spanish city.
It is an International Exposition regulated by the International Expositions Bureau, and the first of these was held in London in 1851.
Since its success, numerous expositions have been held all over the world, including the Paris Exposition of 1889, which gave birth to the Eiffel Tower.
As these events increased in number, a clear need arose to control their frequency and the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) was created in 1928.
Roberto Epple is the executive director of the European Rivers Network, which is collaborating with the Zaragoza-based Foundation for a New Water Culture (FNCA) to invite international non-government organisations to participate in a multi-media exhibit entitled "Homage to the Affected of Water Policies", which will form the centrepiece of the Pavilion of Citizens Initiatives.
The project "Mary River Catchment - Traveston Dam Proposal" has been approved for entry along with 21 international case studies.
ERN and FNCA are collaborating to provide partial seed funding to assist the production of an artistic Australian contribution -using quality writing, photography and film to capture the human rights issues of the affected Mary River community and environmental effects on the catchment and its immediate region.
Mr Cameron said the project would cost $24,000 overall (with $12,000 needed from Australian sources) and to send the professional team in their field to Spain, the group still needed extra funding by the end of September to begin production.
"Any assistance for funding from Australian organisations or companies would be an investment in community-based organisations tackling world wide issues and participating along with other countries to achieve a new world water culture," he said.
It is planned the "Homage" presentation will participate in other expositions in big cities all around the world after the closing of the three months Zaragoza exposition.