Valley plan in action

FEDERAL Environment Minister Peter Garrett says his department is already working on a recovery plan for endangered Mary River species, despite claims to the contrary by Gympie’s Wide Bay MP Warren Truss.

A spokesperson for Mr Garrett said the promised recovery plan was being developed in co-operation with state government agencies and would also involve Gympie Regional Council.

Mr Truss had accused Mr Garrett of walking away from his commitment to a special recovery plan for the district, post-Traveston Crossing dam.

“Mr Truss should get up to speed on what is actually happening and check his facts,” the spokesperson said.

“The Environment Department has already acted on this. Officials have already met with their Queensland counterparts to discuss options for a recovery plan for the nationally threatened lungfish, Mary River turtle and Mary River cod.

“When the Minister said ‘no’ to the Traveston Dam last year, he also said that even though the dam wasn’t going ahead, he believed that measures outlined in the proposal to protect threatened species should still be implemented. He also said it was critical for both local and state governments to work together to tackle the threats to these species.

“While the government gets on with the job, Mr Truss just carps from the sidelines,” he said.

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