Valley residents await govt action
AGRICULTURE will be restored as the foundation of the Mary Valley economy.
That is the promise from Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney, as outlined to residents and business interests at a public meeting at Imbil Showgrounds hall last night.
Mr Seeney told state parliament of the first step towards restoring the foundations of the area's economy, to bring back employment and the residents that will own the Valley's various communities and provide the customer base to keep small local businesses running.
And the good news is not a minute too soon for residents from Jones Hill and Dagun to Imbil and Kenilworth.
Mr Seeney said the government had already received 103 inquiries, about half of them expressing interest in specific properties and in land purchases. This level of interest indicates the Valley has a bright future.
Mr Seeney said his Mary Valley Development Strategy would aim to bring agricultural land back to full production, support economic activity and development and emphasise the principle of sustainability.
It would also aim to support future investment and employment across the Valley and ensure the best use of valuable economic elements, such as water licenses.
Economic recovery and return to private land ownership would lead to social benefits, by encouraging community stability and "a permanent residential population".
"It will renew the wasteland left by the Beattie and Bligh Governments and revive communities devastated by the misguided Traveston Dam plan."