Cr Jan Watt wants more local input into state government plans to renew the Mary Valley.
Cr Jan Watt wants more local input into state government plans to renew the Mary Valley. Chris Mccormack

Lack of consultation a concern

THE best future for the Mary Valley is only possible if the Queensland Government has input and advice from the Gympie Regional Council and local stakeholders said Councillor Jan Watt this week.

Cr Watt said it was frustrating that the Department of Infrastructure and Planning had not responded to requests to meet and discuss its plans to renew the Mary Valley.

“The question this council has to consider is are we satisfied with this response and process? Council is now informed that in two weeks time, Cabinet will consider a submission from DIP, without any council consultation or input,” she said.

The GRC has written to the Queensland government expressing its concern over a lack of consultation on plans to renew the area and what will happen with land purchased for the now defunct Traveston Crossing dam project.

“The community is constantly asking questions regarding the status of the government's planning and also for an opportunity to input and develop positive outcomes for the future of the valley,” Cr Watt said.

Cr Watt said issues such as the proposed public reserves between the river and property boundaries, water allocations and the release of properties for sale impacted on farming and agriculture which were the main activity in the Mary Valley.

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