Protestor Sydnee Kreutz and Bullseye get ready for the protest against the Traveston Crossing Dam proposal on Sunday.
Protestor Sydnee Kreutz and Bullseye get ready for the protest against the Traveston Crossing Dam proposal on Sunday.

Dam baby saddles up

SYDNEE Kreutz and her pony, Bullseye, are saddling up for their first Kandanga 1000, to protest against the Traveston Crossing dam proposal.

The effort possibly makes Sydnee the youngest anti-dam protester of them all.

Sydnee, who is otherwise known as the “Dam Baby”, shares a birthday with the Traveston Crossing Dam proposal.

One of her grown-up fans, Lyndall Ensbey, said Sydnee was born on the day then-Premier Peter Beattie announced the dam proposal, back in 2006.

Since then, she has attended most of the “No Dam” rallies and events and made the papers when only a week-old.

Helping to spread the story beyond our immediate area, she featured in a Sunshine Coast Daily story about the devastation of the dam announcement on Mary Valley locals.

Little did her parents, or the rest of the community, know that three and a half years on they would still be fighting against the plan.

Until now, Sydnee has been stuck on the sideline of the Kandanga 1000, cheering on her friends and neighbours.

But this year she will be tackling the ride herself with her best friend Bullseye.

With each of Bullseye's legs only 35cm long and Sydnee only three and a half years old, they are not expected to complete the whole ride but they will give it their best shot, Mrs Ensbey said.

The 20km trail ride meanders through forestry trails, along the Mary River with its abundant wildlife, and around the productive farmlands of the Valley, much of which would be lost forever should the dam be built.

The ride kicks off from Imbil Showgrounds on Sunday at 9am and costs $15 for adults and $5 for children.

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