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Ex-dam site landowners not happy

Glenda Pickersgill says many of the government’s Mary Valley land buy back offers are not good enough for previous owners to be interested.
Glenda Pickersgill says many of the government’s Mary Valley land buy back offers are not good enough for previous owners to be interested. Renee Pilcher

NEGOTIATIONS appear to have reached a stalemate between the State Government and former Mary Valley land owners affected by the Traveston Crossing dam proposal.

Mary Valley Renewal Team spokesperson Glenda Pickersgill said yesterday that the government needed to be more realistic about the prices placed on land purchased for the dam project, because of changes in economic circumstances and the condition of properties.

Infrastructure Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the time limit had now expired for expressions of interest from former land owners wanting to buy back properties they sold to the government’s dam building company, Queensland Water Infrastructure Pty Ltd.

Ms Pickersgill was speaking at the former anti-dam headquarters, the “No Dam Information Centre" at Kandanga, which will re-open on Sunday week as a permanent memorial to the anti-dam struggle.

The “Save the Mary Museum and River Education Centre” opens at Kandanga Railway Station at 11.30am on July 11, with rides there and back available on the Mary Valley Heritage Railway’s “Rattler” service to the Valley.

She said many former landowners found that their properties had been allowed to run down, houses had been removed or had deteriorated and in some cases, properties had been sold as viable businesses which now were no longer operating.

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