Steve Burgess and Warren Truss at Traveston Crossing where the Mary River Catchment Co-ordinating Committee’s plantings revitalised bare banks in 2001.
Steve Burgess and Warren Truss at Traveston Crossing where the Mary River Catchment Co-ordinating Committee’s plantings revitalised bare banks in 2001.

Green Army to restore Mary River

A COALITION Government would provide up to $125,000 to support local efforts to restore the banks of the Mary River through the Coalition’s Green Army program, Federal Member for Wide Bay Warren Truss announced at Traveston Crossing yesterday.

Save the Mary River Co-ordinating Group President Glenda Pickersgill, who was present, said she welcomed any financial assistance to help rebuild the Mary Valley community and river and help protect endangered species.

The Mary River Green Army project would be undertaken by the Mary River Catchment Co-ordinating Committee.

Catchment Officer Steve Burgess said funding would support projects to restore the river bank and improve the condition of the Mary River and surrounds.

“The Green Army will assist in the re-vegetation of stream banks at up to 25 sites near Traveston. The project will be undertaken in partnership with local community groups and land owners,” Mr Truss said.

The Traveston Crossing dam debacle highlighted the need for work to be done to help sustain the river and protect its endangered and threatened species, he said.

“When Environment Minister Peter Garrett rejected the Bligh Labor Government’s proposed dam, he promised that the Commonwealth would provide a recovery package and help rehabilitate the Mary River,” Mr Truss said.

“Mr Garrett never delivered on his promise, and instead approved a pipeline that will allow 8000 megalitres of Mary River water to be piped to Brisbane every year.

“In contrast, the Coalition’s Green Army announcement demonstrates the Coalition’s commitment to supporting efforts to conserve the Mary River and protect its threatened and endangered species.”

While the funding isn’t enough to “do all that needs to be done” Mr Truss said it was a “good start”.

The Green Army is an employment and training program, creating an environmental workforce that can target the most degraded areas.

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