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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Anna Bligh opts for desalination as Traveston Dam plans scrapped ...

11 November 2009

Premier Anna Bligh says she has no choice but to accept the Federal Government's decision to scrap plans for the controversial Traveston dam.

Federal Environment Minister Peter Garrett today announced an interim decision to reject plans to dam the Mary River after evidence revealed it could kill off endangered species.

The decision means bringing forwards desalination plans, she told reporters in Brisbane after Mr Garrett's decision.

See - Courier Mail - Peter Garrett rejects Traveston Dam.

6 Comments:

Anonymous newswatch said...

Courier Mail:

The decision means bringing forward desalination plans, she told reporters in Brisbane after Mr Garrett's decision.

"Land will be set aside for construction at Lytton and Marcoola by 2017-18," she said.

"Beyond that, and subject to population growth and droughts, another plant will be needed at Tugun and one at Bribie Island."

Sites will be reserved for a future government to decide on in 2030 or beyond.

4:19 PM, November 11, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Peter Garrett said that there was no need for the Traverston Dam because there is no shortage of water until 2026.
Anna Bligh has ruled out using recycled water until the dams are at 40% and that's a relief!

6:12 PM, November 11, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well done to the Traveston group - a hard won victory!

10:24 AM, November 12, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Well done to the Traveston group - a hard won victory!"

Still counting the costs anonymous, but victory is sweet. As in Toowoonmba, I guess people power can make itself heard.

Keep this government accountable.

Cheers
Mary Valley Anonymous

11:00 AM, November 12, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Must have been a good feeling waking up this morning.

11:18 AM, November 12, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It has not really sunk in yet, but I think everyone is well aware that there is a massive effort required to put the Mary Valley back together again. Heard that one the big dairy farmers went straight to his solicitors this morning to try and buy back his farm. Hopefully there will be more to follow.

Beattie/Bligh sold QLD a very expensive dud, they had far better options for their dam which would have been less traumatic and far more reliable than Traveston. On the environmental aspect alone Garrett had no other option, our legal challenge, if he approved it, was very strong.

Mary Valley Anonymous

3:41 PM, November 12, 2009

 

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