1200 problems with the Traveston Crossing Dam (November Update)


(Whats new?: STRMCG publishing public submissions to the federal government)

The Queensland Coordinator Generals Report on the proposed Traveston Crossing Dam has been finalized and sent to Peter Garrett..   Here is a link to copies of the report documents and here is a joint statement from SaveTheMaryRiver and the Greater Mary Association  in response to the report.  Here is a link to the Federal Government's description of the current process.  Current indications from the federal government are that the finalized federal decision will be announced on or before the 18th of November.

The assessment process under federal law is now well under way.  This is where the real test of the proposal comes (there has never been any doubt as to the State government's political intention behind building this project). The major flaw in the Coordinator General's report, however, is the ludicrous statement that this worse-than-useless damsite is essential for providing water security to South East Qld.  Unfortunately, building an extraordinarily expensive dam that holds very little water and fails quicker in a drought than our existing dams is not illegal under the EPBC act, it is just a symptom of bad governance. 

There is a special section on the online forum discussing aspects of the report and the supporting documents.  If you want to contribute to the public analysis of this report, then please register on the forum and share your ideas. Now that the public has the opportunity to read the information which was sent to the federal government, many flaws and serious omissions are becoming clear. It is clear that Peter Garrett needs to put this information under some independent scrutiny and allow public review and comment on  this important federal decision.  Until a formal procedure is set up by the federal government, SaveTheMaryRiver will publish formal submissions and letters that people have sent to minister Garrett's department on matters that relate directly to the federal assessment decision.  These technical submissions are published in a special section of the travestonswamp.info online forum.

In particular, it would be inexcusable in the public eye for Kevin Rudd, Peter Garrett, and Penny Wong to approve and support the project without being informed by the evidence against the Queensland Government  to be revealed in the current federal court case into the Paradise Dam.  The Queensland Government has been unable to demonstrate compliance with the half a dozen federal conditions placed on their last major dam project, and it stretches the imagination that they would have any chance of complying  with the 1200 conditions proposed for this far more damaging and economically unviable dam project.

Here is a link to a recent 7.30 report on some of the problems that the State  faces in complying with approval conditions for just one threatened species.   7.30 REPORT

Do something NOW! Send a message to Kevin Rudd and Peter Garrett 

(Whats new?: STRMCG publishing public submissions to the federal government)

The Queensland Coordinator Generals Report on the proposed Traveston Crossing Dam has been finalized and sent to Peter Garrett..   Here is a link to copies of the report documents and here is a joint statement from SaveTheMaryRiver and the Greater Mary Association  in response to the report.  Here is a link to the Federal Government's description of the current process.  Current indications from the federal government are that the finalized federal decision will be announced on or before the 18th of November.

The assessment process under federal law is now well under way.  This is where the real test of the proposal comes (there has never been any doubt as to the State government's political intention behind building this project). The major flaw in the Coordinator General's report, however, is the ludicrous statement that this worse-than-useless damsite is essential for providing water security to South East Qld.  Unfortunately, building an extraordinarily expensive dam that holds very little water and fails quicker in a drought than our existing dams is not illegal under the EPBC act, it is just a symptom of bad governance. 

There is a special section on the online forum discussing aspects of the report and the supporting documents.  If you want to contribute to the public analysis of this report, then please register on the forum and share your ideas. Now that the public has the opportunity to read the information which was sent to the federal government, many flaws and serious omissions are becoming clear. It is clear that Peter Garrett needs to put this information under some independent scrutiny and allow public review and comment on  this important federal decision.  Until a formal procedure is set up by the federal government, SaveTheMaryRiver will publish formal submissions and letters that people have sent to minister Garrett's department on matters that relate directly to the federal assessment decision.  These technical submissions are published in a special section of the travestonswamp.info online forum.

In particular, it would be inexcusable in the public eye for Kevin Rudd, Peter Garrett, and Penny Wong to approve and support the project without being informed by the evidence against the Queensland Government  to be revealed in the current federal court case into the Paradise Dam.  The Queensland Government has been unable to demonstrate compliance with the half a dozen federal conditions placed on their last major dam project, and it stretches the imagination that they would have any chance of complying  with the 1200 conditions proposed for this far more damaging and economically unviable dam project.

Here is a link to a recent 7.30 report on some of the problems that the State  faces in complying with approval conditions for just one threatened species.   7.30 REPORT

Do something NOW! Send a message to Kevin Rudd and Peter Garrett 

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