Friday 27th November 2009 Save the Mary River Coordinating Group looks to the Future
Just over two weeks ago, the Save the Mary River Coordinating Group and its supporters and collaborators got the news we had been waiting for with Minister Garretts proposed decision to knock back the proposed Traveston Crossing dam.
The last two weeks have on one hand been a waiting game for Minister Garretts final decision and on the other hand been a very busy time working with other groups to get the structures in place to foster a positive way forward for the Mary Valley.
We want the community to know that Save the Mary River Coordinating Group continues to do our utmost to represent our members and to fight for a healthy Mary River, and vibrant Mary Valley communities supported by continuation of farming and food production in the region, said president of the Save the Mary River Coordinating Group, Glenda Pickersgill.
We know there is a lot of uncertainty in the community at the moment and people want answers. Unfortunately certainty appears a little way off. As far as we can tell, the Queensland Government is still working out what they will do. For example, we dont have certainty about what support we will get to rebuild. We are doing the best we can to create an opportunity for the Mary Valley communities to be heard and to influence this process.
Being involved in the formulation of the Mary Valley Renewal team is one way we are seeking to influence the future direction, explained Ms Pickersgill.
We appreciate that the last two weeks may have seemed like an eternity. But it has been a complex process to devise the very preliminary steps. We reassure concerned members of the community that the Mary Valley Renewal team has not made any decisions about the future and there will soon be opportunity for the entire community to give input and that input will be what informs the direction of the Renewal team.
Ms Pickersgill said, Save the Marys objective has always been to prevent the damming of the Mary River at Traveston Crossing now and forever. Weve achieved the now, our focus is now on the forever.
The ten day period of consultation with the proponent and key Federal Ministers ended this week. To allow him time to consider the feedback he has received, Minister Garrett has indicated he will announce his final decision by 2nd December.
Once the final decision is made and therefore the rejection of Traveston Crossing Dam is in law, we can then really get on with the job of rebuilding, concluded Ms Pickersgill.
Save the Mary River Coordinating Group invite the entire community to join in celebrating this momentous victory with music, poetry and good food on Saturday 12th December at Kandanga Recreation ground from 3pm till late.
Kandanga Recreation ground, Kandanga
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