Craig Warhurst

Our view

PREMIER Anna Bligh is trying to arrest her sliding popularity the only way that she seems to know, one-sided spin articles via the Sunday Mail.

A few weeks ago Tony Fitzgerald invoked the ire of Ms Bligh and her government when he claimed that manipulation of the media and one-sided stories was a sign of a government in crisis.

Sunday's announcement via the Sunday Mail was a prime example of a government treating people with disdain while blatantly promoting itself.

In 2006 Peter Beattie claimed bulldozers would be rolling by Christmas on the construction of the Traveston Crossing dam. About three years later Ms Bligh has construction starting in 2010.

However, there is one major problem, the dam has not been approved by the Federal Environment Minister Peter Garrett and what he has apparently yet to receive is a draft set of possible conditions that the State Co-ordinator General Colin Jensen believes may make the dam a possibility.

Anna Bligh yesterday defended her statements via her Sunday mouthpiece, claiming the people of the Mary Valley had been kept informed every step of the way on the dam and they should not have choked on their breakfast when they read the paper or heard the news.

Ms Bligh has been to this area once since this dam was proposed, she has not set foot in the region since, despite the pain she has inflicted on this entire region.

This dam has not received the “green light” despite the claims of Ms Bligh and her spin doctors.

She and her government have treated the people of the Mary Valley with contempt. It is hoped that Mr Garrett will not do the same but judge this dam fairly and see past the State Government and Queensland Water Infrastructure spin.

Gympie Times


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