Paddle power: Steve Posselt will head back down the Mary River tomorrow for the Fourth Anniversary Paddle, to celebrate the campaign against the Traveston Crossing dam.
Paddle power: Steve Posselt will head back down the Mary River tomorrow for the Fourth Anniversary Paddle, to celebrate the campaign against the Traveston Crossing dam. Craig Warhurst

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THE man whose amazing epic paddle and walk up the Brisbane River, down the Mary and back via the Great Sandy Straits and Moreton Bay, will return tomorrow to the Valley he helped save.

Steve Posselt helped draw the vitally important attention of Brisbane residents to the plight of Mary Valley residents, by comparing the Traveston Crossing dam proposal to the man-made damage caused to the Murray Basin, by over-allocation of its water to irrigators.

Mr Posselt, who also coined the expression “Don’t Murray the Mary” had previously drawn national attention to the Murray River and its problems with his first paddle-and-walk expedition, a real epic from Brisbane to Adelaide.

Save the Mary River Co-ordinating Group president Glenda Pickersgill yesterday said Mr Posselt would be taking part in, what has now become an annual Mary River institution, the canoe “floatilla” and tree- planting event.

The event, which started as a protest paddle, the Floatilla of Hope, has previously drawn participation from Greens leader Bob Brown.

Participants will access the river at Ms Pickersgill’s Kandanga property at 1865 Mary Valley Road before paddling downstream to what is now known as “ground zero,” the intended site of the Traveston Crossing dam.

Ms Pickersgill said the Fourth Anniversary Paddle will set out from her place at 8.30am, with the gates open from 7.30am.

A river bank tree planting and sausage sizzle will take place from 11am.

“Bring tools, buckets and a chair,” she said yesterday.

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