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The Dambusters Newsletter - June 2009 Edition

The Dambusters is now online.  Highlights in this issue include:

Extensive President’s Report...p 1

Sandy Strait declared a Biosphere Reserve...p 2

Joint meeting outcomes ...p 3

GMA Open Letter...p 4

Mary River Brownwater Classic...p 5

Upcoming events...p 6

Anna Argyroudi's research on the Traveston Crossing Dam proposal

Anna Argyroudi, our Swedish student visitor has presented the findings of her 4 months research on the Traveston Crossing Dam proposal for her Masters thesis as part of the Master Programme of integrated Water Resources Management in SLU University of Uppsala/Sweden, the agricultural university for Sweden. A pdf of her presentation is attached.

Template to use in preparing submissions for supplementary EIS

Here is a useful template for preparing submissions for issues not addressed in the supplementary EIS and addendums in preparation in case we get a 10 day public submission period to Peter Garrett .  Please send any issues that are concerning you through to

GMA Invite to "Our Dugong Yuwang'kan" 6th June 2009

Celebrate Reconciliation Week and World Environment Day 2009
by helping create a large-scale image of "Our Dugong Yuwang'kan"

Yuwang'kan (pronounced u-wonk-gaan) is Butchulla (local Aboriginal language) name for Dugong.

SATURDAY 06 JUNE Dayman Park Urangan

Public Comment needed on EPBC assessment agreement between Qld and Federal Governments.

 The federal government has called for public comment on the exisiting bilateral agreement between the federal government and the Qld state government  concerning the assessment of projects under the federal Environmental Protection and Biodiersity Conservatio (EPBC) act.

Gone with the flow.

A well-written letter extracted from the on-going correspondance published in the Gympie Times, -directly based on the downstream flow data published in the Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed dam .....

The Dambusters Newsletter - May 2009 Edition

The Dambusters is now online.  Highlights in this issue include:

Art for Earth Event...p 2

Paradise Dam ...p 2

Flow: the Movie...p 3

Australian Water Network...p 4

Busting Flood Myths...p 5

Floatilla photos...p 6

In the News...p 6


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.”

Battle for the Mary - 3rd Anniversary Floatilla 26th April - Traveston Crossing

As the Mary river drops to a safe level for canoeing, we look forward to the coming Anniversary on Sun 26th April to celebrate the resilience of our community in the battle to save the Mary River for future generations to enjoy. 

So dust off the canoe and join us early for the start of the canoeing at 1865 Mary Valley Rd (come in where the farmer is in the boat) at 9am with a registration form or come down to watch the finish at Traveston Crossing bridge at 11am. 

Just confirming we will have Jerry Colby Williams as MC for the day and will be entertained after the canoe floatilla by a number of poets and musicians including the band The Barleyshakes. 

So bring your family and some chairs down to Traveston Crossing for the day by the Mary River. Copy these links below and send the info  on to family and friends

Registration Form, Colour Brochure, B&W Brochure

Three years on and still fighting for Mary


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