Member for Gympie David Gibson.
Member for Gympie David Gibson.

Traveston Dam planning info costly

ACCORDING to LNP Shadow Minister for Infrastructure and Planning, David Gibson, the Bligh government wants to charge $2354.80 for departmental information on the Traveston Dam that should be freely available to help rebuild the Mary Valley community.

Mr Gibson said land use and infrastructure planning information on the dam would help with rebuilding.

“But the Bligh government wants to charge over $2000,” Mr Gibson said.

“They wasted over $600 million on the project and are now trying to penalise the community by charging for information that would help in the rebuilding.”

“It really is an outrage for the Bligh government to charge for this information.

“Anna Bligh says she has an open and transparent government, but she then puts excessive charges for the privilege of accessing information.

“In this case, particularly unfairly after the way the government has treated the people of the Mary Valley.”

Mr Gibson has now put the request through parliament as a question on notice and expects a response by January 4, but he will be hold chook raffles and sausage sizzles to raise the money if the information is not released that way.

“It’s information we have already paid for in our taxes.”

Mr Gibson said a lot of the planning information for the dam would still be relevant with the dam not going ahead.

His office has seen a spike in people wanting information about the future of the Mary Valley since the preliminary ‘no’.

He said this was in contrast to dwindling numbers of people asking questions in the three years since the dam was announced.

“The government had only planned for a dam, they didn’t have a plan B.”

People who have been offered their properties back, but those whose home have been moved by QWI, or fences and power lines re-aligned, are asking if their homes will be brought back, or whether the adjustments will be reversed if they accept the state’s deal.

But Mr Gibson said he would consolidate the questions into a letter and send them onto the State Government.

He is calling for the $70 million allocated in this year’s budget for the Traveston Dam to be used for a range of different projects to rebuild the Valley.

A final decision is expected to be handed down by December 2.

Gympie Times

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