Glenda Pickersgill on the Mary River at Traveston Crossing.
Glenda Pickersgill on the Mary River at Traveston Crossing. Renee Pilcher

Dam confusion continues

THE Traveston Crossing dam proposal has still not achieved even State Government approval, despite the weekend announcement by Premier Anna Bligh.

Ms Bligh's claim that her Co-ordinator-General has approved the dam and submitted it to the Federal Government for environmental assessment seemed to be contradicted yesterday by federal Environment Minister Peter Garrett, who said he had not seen it and would not for some time.

And it was contradicted by the detail of the announcement, in which Ms Bligh said all that had been passed on to the Federal Government was “a draft set of conditions.”

Ms Bligh's announcement was made exclusively to the Sunday Mail, which seemed to publish it without significant questioning.

The selective release has prompted recollections of the criticisms made of such deals by former corruption commissioner, Tony Fitzgerald.

Save the Mary River Co-ordinating Group president Glenda Pickersgill described the announcement as “an act of desperation,” saying the state Co-ordinator General had merely decided to send a draft to the Federal Government for preliminary “consideration and feedback.”

Gympie Regional Council remains committed to opposing the dam, Mayor Ron Dyne said yesterday.

And Gympie businesses say they just want to know what is going on.

Ms Bligh said yesterday that the State Government “has given the green light to Traveston Dam and the final decision now rests with the Federal Environment Minister.”

In the next paragraph she appeared to clarify this: “...the COG has provided to the Federal Government a draft set of the extensive conditions under which he believes the dam can proceed.”

Save the Mary River Co-ordinating Group president Glenda Pickersgill says the government appears to be misleading the public with claims that the project has finally achieved State Government approval and that this is some sort of go-ahead.

She says the project is still a long way from even being submitted to Mr Garrett and says the State Government is desperate to save face after public agitation exposed major environmental problems with the plan.

Mayor Dyne yesterday said a better option would be to improve Borumba Dam.

Gympie Chamber of Commerce president Simon Young, says the weekend announcement still has not given certainty to business.


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