River warriors gather
EVERY regional council in the Mary River catchment was represented at the recent annual general meeting of the Mary River Catchment Co-ordinating Committee in Gympie.
Chairman Phil Moran told the 63 delegates, which included Member for Wide Bay Warren Truss, that without a doubt the highlight of the year’s activities was the stopping of the Traveston dam.
“The MRCCC staff was heavily involved in the battle, along with a huge number of community members,” he said.
“Our group is also heavily involved with the Mary Valley renewal process, once again with a number of groups and individuals, to strive for a balanced outcome for our beloved river.”
Mr Moran said the water war was not over and the battles still to be fought included inter-basin water transfer and the Mary basin water resource plan.
“A few side issues include the recent announcement of possible coal mining in the Munna Creek, Tiaro and the Upper Noosa areas,” Mr Moran said.
“The MRCCC has been fortunate to secure Main Roads’ contracts in relation to the construction work on the Gympie by-pass.”
He said the inclusion of two new delegate categories of landholders involved in MRCCC projects and a Waterwatch representative, had broadened the knowledge base of the group.
A series of Land for Wildlife workshops held throughout the year were very well attended and indicated the interest and dedication shown by many landholders towards their care for the land and environment.
Waterwatch continues to gather essential base-line data to keep a check on the state of our waterways and the Living with Threatened Species project continues.
The Better Catchments Project involved a number of on-property consultations and consequent property plans being developed, with many continuing on to implementation.
Gympie FarmFlow dealt with best practice demonstrations on macadamia canopy and orchard floor management, nitrogen on irrigated pastures and minimum till in fresh bean crops.
Gympie Regional Council Mayor Ron Dyne said the MRCCC had built an enviable reputation for the quality and accuracy of the work it carried out.
“It is the go-to organisation for environmental information on the Mary River,” he said.
Cr Dyne said that the MRCCC was included in Mary Valley renewal discussions.
Guest speaker at the meeting was Peter Latch from the Department of Sustainability in Canberra.
Office bearers for 2011 are chairman Phil Moran, secretary Margaret Thompson, and deputy chairman Brian Thomas.