People power prevails
  • Wednesday 26 November 2008

Today marks a great day for the Mary Valley and Northern Sunshine Coast region with Premier Anna Bligh revealing the controversial Traveston Dam, near Gympie, will be delayed for several years.

Mayor Bob Abbot said this is an enormous credit to the determination of the Mary Valley Action Group led by Kev Ingersole for their determination and courage.

“We believed in the beginning that “no way” would a long term dam would be built or built now,” Mayor Abbot said.

“Congratulations to all those valiant Mary Valley battlers who have won this battle and proved the Traveston Dam is not a viable option”.

Councillor Lew Brennan said he had serious concerns from the beginning over the proposal.

“From day one when the State government announced their intention, I had serious doubts on the government’s ability to deliver,” Cr Brennan said.

“This is a welcome relief to the community and now the opportunity to rebuild their lives.

“The community can now move forward utilising the valuable farmland as an economic driver for food producing in the region and reinstate economic viability back into the community.

“There now needs to be a major focus and commitment from State government to help get this community back together after the devastation caused from this emotional rollercoaster”.