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Queensland Government must stop resuming land until fate of Traveston Dam is resolved.



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Senator Andrew Bartlett Deputy Parliamentary Leader and Democrats Senator for Queensland Australian Democrats spokesperson for Environment & Animal Welfare

Dated: 09 January 2007 Press Release Number: igjwgdzl Portfolio: Environment & Animal Welfare Related: Energy and Resources

Queensland Government Must Stop Resuming Land Until Fate of Traveston Dam is Resolved

Queensland Democrat Senator Andrew Bartlett has called on the state government to stop trying to resume properties that may be affected by the proposed Traveston Dam on the Mary River until it is clear whether or not the dam will go ahead.

"It will be at least another year before the official environmental assessment is done and the federal Environment Minister makes a decision about whether the dam can proceed," Senator Bartlett said.

"It's possible there will also be a Senate Inquiry into the dam, but even if there is, it will not delay the final decision by the federal government, which will not occur before 2008.

Last week, acting Premier Anna Bligh said contracts had been signed to resume twenty-two per cent of the required number of properties that will be flooded by the dam.

"It is outrageous that people are being pressured to sell their properties now, when there is a very real prospect that the dam will not proceed.

"If common sense finally prevails and this ill-considered dam does not go ahead, the local community could still end up decimated," Senator Bartlett said.

"There is no doubt the federal government has the power to halt the dam on environmental grounds, particularly the severe impact it will inevitably have on some highly significant endangered species. Whether it will have the courage to do so will not be known until after the federal election, and we obviously don't even know who the Environment Minister will be at that time."

"It is simply untrue for the state government to say Traveston dam is necessary to meet south-east Queenslands water needs and continue property resumption as if the dam is a fait accompli," Senator Bartlett concluded.