Celebrate the ‘No Dam' decision

TOMORROW Mary Valley residents are inviting The Gympie Times readers to join them at Traveston Crossing for a swim followed by a few celebratory drinks at the Kandanga Hotel to mark the anniversary of the Traveston Crossing Dam decision.

The day that Peter Garrett – former federal environment minister – decided to can the dam was one year ago on November 11.

That day saw a wave of relief flow through the Mary Valley as residents said goodbye to years of fighting for their home town and the Mary River.

But the main celebrations for the “No Dam” announcement will be incorporated into the Mary River Festival on Saturday November 13 at the Kandanga Recreation Grounds.

The festival, in its third year, is a must-attend event for Mary Valley residents and those who recognise the importance of the river.

Performances start at noon on Saturday and go until 8pm with a line up of musicians on the main stage.

And the day will start with planting trees on the banks of Kandanga Creek from 9.30am to 11.30am.

A variety of food, market and community information stalls, along with demonstrations will be set up, as well as workshops in weaving, clay work, screen printing and juggling. The Gecko Man with his amazing display of reptiles will again entertain and surprise visitors.

Other features include a fire event and twilight parade and the presentation of the inaugural Mary River Environment.

President of Save the Mary Co-ordinating Group Glenda Pickersgill extended an invitation for a swim at 4.30pm tomorrow.

Gympie Times


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