Craig Warhurst

Our view

THE State Government appears to be lurching from one issue to another in this region, most of them threatening to haunt them for some time yet.

It now appears that the proposed Traveston Crossing dam and land dealings by the wholly State-owned Queensland Water Infrastructure are under close scrutiny.

These dealings have been common knowledge in this region and this newspaper has been reporting on the happenings in this regard for three years.

What has happened in the Mary Valley can easily be described as a travesty, not inthe sense, though, that the State did not get more rent for the properties from the people, who after all, have been forced to sell and lose all they have worked for, but a travesty that the dam was ever foisted on this region.

These people have signed contracts with clauses set up by the State Government and have not taken anything that they were not offered.

The people now renting their own properties back have played by the rules as set down and if they have got a good deal for a short period it is small compensation for what they have lost.

The State Government last Sunday announced that it was no longer backing further development on Inskip Peninsula, the decision according to premier Anna Bligh was based on environmental concerns not a face saving exercise for her government and a number of its insiders.

Premier Bligh then said there was no environmental comparisons between Inskip and the Mary Valley “which had been cleared more than 150 years ago”.

The Premier's command of history in relation to the Mary Valley is very flawed. For the record 150 years ago the only clearing had been for homesteads on a couple of cattle runs and Gympie gold had not even been discovered let alone a town started.

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