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5,000 strong petition urges Garrett action on Traveston Crossing Dam travesty.



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Wed, 16th September 2009

5,000 STRONG PETITION URGES GARRETT ACTION ON TRAVESTON CROSSING DAM TRAVESTY

The Hon Greg Hunt MP

Shadow Minister for Climate Change, Environment and Water

A petition with 5,393 signatures calling on Federal Environment Minister, Peter Garrett to thoroughly investigate

the environmental impacts of the Bligh Labor Government’s proposed Traveston Dam in south east Queensland

will tonight be tabled in Federal Parliament by Shadow Environment Minister Greg Hunt and Member for Wide

Bay, Warren Truss.

The petition asks Mr Garrett to carry out an independent investigation of the optimal environmental flows needed

to ensure that the ecosystems and fisheries of the Great Sandy Strait, Mary River estuary and Hervey Bay do not

fall victim to excess water extraction from the Mary River associated with the proposed Traveston Crossing dam.

“I welcome the opportunity to support the environment and the community in their opposition to the Traveston

Crossing dam,” Mr Hunt said.

“When I visited the site of the proposed dam last year with Warren Truss, I was impressed by the convincing

research that showed the devastating environmental impacts the dam would have, should it be approved.

“It was clear that Anna Bligh was intent on creating a massive evaporation pond over some of Queensland’s best

farming land.”

Mr Hunt said the fate of the dam will rest with Mr Garrett, who will make a final decision on the project under the

Federal Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.

“The Labor Party had cynically put plans for the dam on hold just prior to the Queensland election. Peter Garrett

must not be complicit in this act of deception. If he examines the science and considers the research that I have

seen, he will agree the dam would be a disaster, and must make his decision accordingly.”

Federal Member for Wide Bay, Warren Truss said the signatures reflect the community’s deep concern about the

environmental destruction that would be inflicted on the entire Mary Valley and the RAMSAR listed Great Sandy

Straits should the dam be allowed to proceed.

“Research demonstrates that there are no strategies that can prevent the devastation that would be wreaked

upon the endangered Mary River Cod, Mary River Turtle, Giant Barred Frog and the vulnerable Queensland

Lungfish should the dam be granted approval by Mr Garrett.

“Brisbane’s water crisis is of Anna Bligh’s creation, and in spite of Anna Bligh’s recent spin and hysteria, there are

better and cheaper alternatives available to supply water to Brisbane, which make the Traveston Crossing dam

unnecessary.

“Peter Garrett must not allow the Mary Valley and Great Sandy Straits to be sacrificed by the Bligh Labor

Government.

“Peter Garrett must stand up to Labor’s machine and stand up for the environment.”

(Mr Hunt is due to table and speak on the petition during tonight’s Adjournment debates that commence from

8.30 pm in the House of Representatives)