Queensland’s new Co-ordinator General and former Traveston Crossing dam advocate, Graeme Newton.
Queensland’s new Co-ordinator General and former Traveston Crossing dam advocate, Graeme Newton. File Photo

Big new jobs for dam promoters

TWO of the leading figures in the Traveston Crossing dam debacle have been given plum jobs requiring political independence and an awareness of environmental principles.

Former Queensland Water Infrastructure CEO Graeme Newton - whose environmental submissions in favour of the dam were initially rejected by the then state Co-ordinator General and rejected again when modified versions were submitted to the then federal Environment Minister – has been named the state’s new Co-ordinator General.

This places him in charge of assessing the impacts and benefits, including environmental and social impacts, of major state projects.

And his right-hand man in promoting and implementing government policy in the Mary Valley, urging landowners to sell to QWI, Scott Spencer, has been named the “independent chair” of a new fisheries advisory committee.

Minister for Primary Industries, Fisheries, Rural and Regional Queensland, Tim Mulherin, recently announced membership of the new Queensland Fisheries Advisory Committee (QFAC), following an “independent review into government bodies.”

"QFAC members’ fishing experience includes distribution, wholesale, retail, commercial, recreational, charter, game, indigenous, domestic and export markets, aquatic sciences and environmental groups," Mr Mulherin said, adding that the members included several from the regions.

“Mr Spencer brings a wealth of knowledge and experience (from) a 30 year career in the Queensland Public Service, including as former Director General, Department of Natural Resources and Water,” he said.

Other members include charter fishing operator Raymond Joyce, water ecologist Stephan Gabas (of) ALS Water Sciences Group, business consultant and former Sunfish Queensland executive officer David Bateman, Queensland Seafood Industry Association president Dr Michael Gardner, WWF Ocean Program leader Dr Gilly Llewellyn, Mackay sugar farmer and indigenous elder Edward Ramsamy, fishing and seafood trader George Raptis, sports fishing magazine editor Tim Simpson, professional fisher Claudine Ward and fish marketer Simon Whittingham.

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