The view of the Mary River, as seen by then-Premier Peter Beattie as he flew over the dam site on the day of the proposal’s announcement.
The view of the Mary River, as seen by then-Premier Peter Beattie as he flew over the dam site on the day of the proposal’s announcement. File Photo

Mary River message goes global

THE scientific and community lessons from the campaign to save the Mary River are well on the way to going global.

Save the Mary River Co-ordinating Group president Glenda Pickersgill and Mary River Catchment Co-ordinating Committee scientist Steve Burgess will both speak at a major community development conference in Mexico soon.

“Glenda’s already in the US on her way to the conference and I’m off soon,” Mr Burgess said yesterday.

“We’ve been invited by the Mexican Institute for Community Development to speak at an international event called Rivers for Life III,” he said.

“I’m going from the MRCCC and I’ll be talking on a whole range of technical issues on river basin management, from the scientific point of view.

“Another topic is river restoration and environmental rehabilitation, using the Mary as an example of how the modelling of a whole catchment was used to make the case against the dam with the Federal Government, the efforts made in the past in terms of river rehabilitation and where things are now, looking into the future.

“It’s being held in a city called Guadalajara, at the university.

“Glenda and I will also give a joint presentation on the community’s creativity – the music, culture, art and all the different things that popped out of the community in terms of its response to the dam proposal,” he said.

“Glenda will also be talking on community water solutions, things like planning, demand reduction and the use of tanks and other water infrastructure – looking at alternative forms of water security.

“It’s interesting because the area around the city is similar to here in terms of rainfall and high environmental values but they have very high population growth – like here but much more intense.”

Gympie Times


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