Help save the Mary River and the Great Sandy Strait from the proposed Traveston Crossing Dam.

There are far better options for Brisbane's water

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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 .....

Great new lungfish website


Dr. Anne Kemp, who has been researching Queensland lungfish since 1968, has put together an informative website for the general public about the unique Queensland Lungfish. 

If you want to know a bit more about why there is all this fuss about this one fish, and the fate of the Mary, Burnett and Brisbane rivers visit  http://www.annekempslungfish.com get some truly informed expert scientific opinion. 

Speakers at the 3rd Floatilla rally - videos


This article shows the FaceBook videos of the speakers at the 3rd annual Floatilla rally.

Don't forget to look at the wonderful photographs of the event on the StopPress website.

EIS - Latest News


Queensland Water Infrastructure Pty Ltd (QWI) have published the definitive version of the supplementary EIS for the Traveston Crossing Dam proposal.  According to the Department of Infrastructure, this is much the same as the leaked document which was tabled in State Parliament by the member for Gympie (Mr David Gibson) late last year. 

Along with this 'official' copy of the supplementary EIS, a number of addenda documents have also been published, outlining some departmental concerns with the supplementary EIS and QWI's response to those concerns. 

Click HERE to access all of these documents directly from the QWI website.

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

 
 

Support the Paradise Dam court case - and help save the Mary River.


Find out more and support the Wide Bay Burnett Conservation Council in this landmark case.  Consider making a tax-deductible ethical investment towards ensuring that our governments comply with their own environmental laws.  (video included in full article).  UPDATE: here is the most recent  7.30 REPORT story about the case

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.

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“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.”
 
 

The Dambusters Newsletter - April 2009 Edition


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

Election impacts...pages 2 and 3

Mary River Festival ...p 4

Leadlight Raffle winner...p 4

Reading for Mary...p 4

United response to election outcome...p 5

Contacts...p 8

SAVE THE MARY RIVER BRISBANE GROUP


BRISBANE GROUP MEETS THIS TUESDAY 31 MARCH 2009

AT 5.30 pm at a central venue in South Brisbane

ALL WELCOME TO JOIN US

TO DECIDE ON  FUTURE CAMPAIGN STRATEGIES AND ACTIONS AND EVENTS

To learn where we're meeting and for a personal invitation

email us at savethemaryriverbrisbane@yahoo.com.au

or phone David on 0403 871 082

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