Campbell Newman has promised the LNP will never build a dam at Traveston Crossing.
Campbell Newman has promised the LNP will never build a dam at Traveston Crossing. Contributed

Campbell's new Valley pledge

CAMPBELL Newman has promised an LNP state government would urgently move to help communities affected by the ill-fated Traveston Dam project.

And he has promised the dam will never be put back on the agenda by his party.

Mr Newman, who was on the Sunshine Coast yesterday as a guest of Buderim MP Steve Dickson, said Mary Valley residents had been kept in limbo for too long after the failure of the dam proposal.

“Since the government cut and run after the dam decision very little has been done to get the valley communities back up and running,” Mr Newman said.

“My team and I will work with local communities and get their area back on track.”

The LNP would give first option to former landowners to buy back their properties before a “steady, careful” sale of the remaining properties, he said.

“An LNP government would urgently assist communities in the Mary Valley, but do it intelligently to make sure the market is not flooded and I call on the Bligh government to do the same,” Mr Newman said.

“This steady sale of all the land will ensure limited effects on other landowners and the value of their properties.

“... we understand that the state-government owned properties need to be sold off in a co-ordinated manner so people can get their Valley going again.”

Mr Newman said an LNP government would also undertake immediate consultation with locals and the regional council about a way to revitalise the area.

“This is not a time for just another government report into the problem. We need to get in there and sort out this mess – first up inspecting and repairing the neglected government-owned homes in towns like Kandanga and making a real effort to attract residents.”

Mr Newman also ruled out the LNP ever revisiting the project.

“Under an LNP government there is no way that a dam will be ever built at Traveston.”

Meanwhile, Mary Valley business has ground to a standstill, with the real estate market a major example. Len Summers of Raine and Horne at Imbil says property is not selling at all except at the low end of the market.

Gympie Times


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