COMMUNITY ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND DAM INFORMATION DAY
The Fraser Coast community is being encouraged to attend an information day to learn more about how they can have their say on the proposed Traveston Crossing Dam.
Acting Premier Anna Bligh and Member for Hervey Bay Andrew McNamara encouraged residents, community groups and other interested stakeholders to attend an information day in Maryborough on Saturday January 20.
"This is the community's chance to find out more about the proposed dam and how they can have input into the Terms of Reference which will govern the wide range of environmental and other technical studies to be undertaken on the dam," Ms Bligh said.
"The objective of these studies is to ensure all potential environmental, social and economic impacts of the project are identified and assessed and that steps are outlined about how to mitigate against any adverse impacts," she said.
"The draft Terms of Reference for the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) were released for public comment by the Coordinator-General on December 9 last year."
Mr McNamara said he was pleased that communities in the Fraser Coast area would have the opportunity to learn more about the EIS process and how they can contribute.
"I recognize there are some very strong feelings and views on the dam within some parts of the Fraser Coast community," he said.
"That's why it's important that everyone who wants to, has the opportunity to help shape the Terms of Reference.
"The Terms of Reference currently cover the potential impact of the dam on the downstream environmental flow of the Mary River and any potential issues associated with noxious plants or weeds downstream.
"The terms of reference also cover potential impacts on the water quality and habitats of the Great Sandy Strait Ramsar Wetland and World Heritage-listed Fraser Island.
"These are important issues for the local community. That's why I would encourage individuals and groups with an interest in the project to make a submission on the draft Terms of Reference by 19 February."
The community information day, which is being run by Queensland Water Infrastructure, will be held at Brolga Theatre lawns, Walker Street, Maryborough on Saturday January 20, 11am-3pm.
Members of the community will have the opportunity to speak with project team members to ask questions or seek clarification about information that is on display.
Advertisements promoting the information day are appearing in local newspapers from this week.
The draft Terms of Reference for the EIS on the proposed Traveston Crossing Dam can be viewed at www.coordinatorgeneral.qld.gov.au/eis
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