Kayaking crusade continues

It was over three weeks ago that I wrote about Steve Posselt’s kayaking crusade to highlight the stupidity of the planned Traveston Dam on the Mary River. On April 12th, he started his month long journey kayaking up the Brisbane River, down the Mary River and back down to Brisbane. He’s now paddling his way…

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Watery campaigning

I visited Maryborough, Bundaberg and Gympie today, travelling around in a small twin engine plane and driving the last part from Gympie back to Brisbane, getting back home about 11pm. I spoke mainly about water issues (as well as about the specific importance of the Queensland Senate contest, which not surprisingly I do everywhere I…

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Dam hearings

The public hearings are being held for the Senate Committee inquiry into water supplies in south-east Queensland, which is focused particularly on the proposed Traveston Dam on the Mary River just south of Gympie. There is a fairly full program of witnesses on both days.

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Ten billion dollars? A mere bagatelle

Those of us who suspected the federal government’s grand Murray-Darling basin rescue plan was policy on the run had our suspicions confirmed in Senate Estimates hearings last night, when the government’s Senate Leader, Nick Minchin, confirmed that the $10 billion package did not go to Cabinet for approval before it was announced. Further evidence provided…

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Drink it, Morris, drink it

I seek to make this blog strongly independent and non-partisan as much as possible, so seeing my previous post had a grumpy dig at some federal Liberals, I thought I would balance the scales here by having a rant about the continued cowardly foolishness of the Labor Premiers in refusing to adopt the use of…

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Water Recycling

Last Saturday I launched a petition to encourage people living in South East Queensland to express their support for fully reusing wastewater. It has been made clear time and again that most political leaders at state and local level generally do not have the courage to bring in full water recycling because they are too…

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Rally in Gympie against Mary River dam

As mentioned in my previous post, I attended a rally in Gympie on Wednesday night against the Qld Labor government’s planned mega-dam on the Mary River (usually known as the Traveston Dam or the Traveston Crossing Dam, although sometimes also the Mary River Dam or Mary Valley Dam). The turnout at the hall at the…

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Dam rally

The people facing the flooding of their communities by the Beattie Government’s mega-dam on the Mary River are certainly not giving up. There is a rally being held tonight at the Show Pavillion in Gympie from 6.30 pm, which I am going along to. It sounds obvious, but it is still an important point to…

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Lies, Dam Lies and Dams

If comments by Federal Environment Minister, Ian Campbell in today’s papers are anything to go by, he will need some convincing to use his powers under the EPBC Act to stop the planned mega-dam on the Mary River. The Minister can also approve a project under conditions that could be portrayed as mitigating the impacts…

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Rathdowney Dam – Scrapped!

The announcement that the Queensland government is now planning to build a new dam at Wyaralong rather than Rathdowney is a good example of the importance of community campaigning, and not giving up in the face of government pressure. It is big win for a local community that has been very seriously under threat, and…

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Rathdowney Dam

Rathdowney is a small town sitting right next to the place where a dam is planned to be built by the Queensland government. It is one of two dams Peter Beattie announced without warning back in April to create the appearance that he was acting decisively to ‘fix’ South-East Queensland’s water crisis. The other site…

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