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LETTER WRITER'S CALL TO ARMS. Your river needs you now

The countdown is on for Peter Garrett and Kevin Rudd to decide the future of the Mary River. It's critical that we tell him, right now, what we think!
On the letter generator are six totally new letters.
Time is of the essence. We ask you to print them out and post them as soon as you can. Remember that an individualised letter is even better so by all means create your own.

Making your dollar go further for Paradise

Consider this.  Just imagine you had $500.  Presumably you got it as income  which means it isn't really all  yours, some of it will have to go to the tax  office.  If your income is less than $30 000  you'd lose $75 of it. Should your income be a little more, say up to $75 000, you'd lose $150 of  it, up to $150 000, the slice would  be $200, while if you were in the fortunate position of having a taxable income over this, you'd lose $225 of your original $500.

Fantastic “Floatilla” as Battle for the Mary enters its Fourth Year.

 In the biggest “floatilla” yet, well over a hundred kayaks, canoes and other craft took to the Mary today to mark three years since the announcement of the Traveston Crossing Dam proposal. For a community that Government sources claim is starting to accept a dam, Mary Valley residents and others were showing no sign of it today.

“Today we’re celebrating the resilience of our community and the wider community,” says Save the Mary River Coordinating Group President Glenda Pickersgill. “We’re celebrating that we have dug our heels in and mounted a very strong case against damming this river.”
“Peter Beattie may have called this river ‘hardly pristine’ and Anna Bligh may say it’s been damaged by farming, yet both statements come with a ring of deja-vu. In Tasmania, in the battle to save the Franklin, the then-Premier called it a “leech-ridden ditch, while none less than Harry Butler expressed the learned opinion that the area wasn’t really wilderness. The real test of these dismissive assessments of the Mary has to be what lives in there now and with a number of unique species, this is pretty impressive. International turtle experts are even coming to regard the Mary as ‘ the turtle river’.
The truth is that the dam presently proposed is much smaller than Peter Beattie originally envisaged. When it became apparent that it would require federal EPBC approval, the proposal was split into two stages. This means that the yield of the proposed Stage 1 is less than a third of the original proposal while the costs to build it have more than doubled.
This was the third “floatilla” on the river, and was the biggest yet. After the first, in 2006, Greens Senator Bob Brown told opponents to be prepared for a long battle. When he visited the area in 2007, Roberto Epple of the European Rivers Network said to expect maybe a seven-year battle. From the looks of it, both pieces of advice have been well-heeded. Today’s celebration was well-organised and well-attended. Participants were entertained by a string of musicians, poets and speakers.
Dam opponents heard today of a ‘milestone’ legal challenge to the Paradise Dam fishway which will be heard in the Federal Court in September. The case, mounted by the Wide Bay Burnett Conservation Council and a coalition of Environment groups is significant as the Paradise fishway is intended as the model for use on Traveston Dam should it go ahead.
“We’ve already won this on the science,” says Glenda, “and it’s defeating itself on the economics. Sometime soon the penny will drop for this government and they’ll realize they can’t cry poor to nurses and teachers and public servants wanting better, fairer, conditions while they pour more money into the black hole that is the Traveston Crossing Dam proposal.”

Three years on and still fighting for Mary


Keep April 26 free for a big celebration


Big Day of Action takes Mary to the marginals on election eve

While LNP and Labor supporters sat on street corners and in shopping centres throughout Brisbane just a week out from election day, hundreds of Save the Mary  supporters took to the city and streets of marginal seats in the most energetic display of the day. See a  selection of photographs from the day.

It's on!

State Election March 21

In under three years,  the Traveston Dam has gone from being "just a nimby issue", through being "a David and Goliath struggle" to the point where the ABC places it as Number two in the state's  election issues, second only to Queensland's  crumbling economy..

That said,  the  next three weeks represent a picture window of opportunity which will never return.

Mary Valley Public Meetings 9-17th Feb 09


 What are the State Government plans for the Mary Valley in 2009?

The Labor State Government's position is full steam ahead on approvals to dam the Mary River at Traveston Crossing and the connecting pipeline NPI stage 2. QWI is putting together an environmental mitigation plan for its projects in the Mary Valley and new Government policies are being pushed through. Independent studies conducted for Environment Minister Peter Garrett have condemned many EIS claims. What can we do to force the state Government to come clean on its plans for the Mary Valley? Get involved:

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