‘Give it back': Newman

MARY Valley residents, property owners and the people who work and run businesses have been kept in limbo for too long after the failure of the Traveston Crossing dam proposal, LNP leader in waiting Campbell Newman said yesterday.

He called for urgent but intelligent action to get their district started again.

He said former land owners whose property was now owned by the state Co-ordinator General's Department, should still be given first option to buy back their properties, before an orderly, piece-by-piece sale on the open market.

“It should be offered back to former owners on appropriate terms. They should still have the first right to buy it back.

“Then there should be a steady, careful sale of all the land.

“That needs to occur very carefully because if all the property was put on the market at once, it would have a very negative effect on other landowners and on the value of their properties,” he said.

“It needs to be sold off so people can get their Valley going again.”

The government purchased hundreds of properties over a huge area of the Mary Valley prior to the dam being killed off by Environment Minister Peter Garrett, acting within his powers under the Environment Protection and Bio-diversity Conservation Act.

“It's outrageous how the people of the Mary Valley have been treated,” Mr Newman said.

Gympie Times


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