Member for Gympie David Gibson.
Member for Gympie David Gibson. Craig Warhurst

Gibson says dam plan a total waste

ON the anniversary of the scrapping of the Traveston Crossing Dam, the silence on the issue from the Bligh Labor Government was deafening, Member for Gympie Dave Gibson said yesterday.

Mr Gibson took time out to reflect on the elation felt this day, 12 months ago, when Peter Garrett announced his decision to can the Traveston Crossing Dam.

“I remember the total disbelief I felt when Peter Garrett said the words that instantly lifted the burden from the shoulders of so many affected,” Mr Gibson said.

He said he would be holding the State Government accountable for the continued distress suffered by residents of the Mary Valley.

“The lack of assistance the Mary Valley has received since the No Dam decision has been unsettling, at best,” Mr Gibson said.

“Since the dam’s original announcement in 2006 we have continued to see the social destruction of a community by the Beattie-Bligh Labor Government.

“The facts are plain and simple ... the Beattie-Bligh Labor Government had a plan and it turned out to be a dud.

“Now, after emerging from the depths of national and international embarrassment, the best way for the Premier to hide the shame of her Government’s decision is to forget it ever happened.

“The way Anna Bligh is hiding from the ghosts of the past is proof enough that the good people of the Mary Valley are far from the Premier’s thoughts.”

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