Paddling furiously trying to stop dam stupidity

I went to a boat ramp in inner-city West End this morning to help support kayaker (and water engineer) Steve Posselt as he started a month long journey aimed at drawing attention to the stupidity of the Queensland Labor government’s Traveston Dam. His journey is called “Don’t Murray the Mary” – a call not to knowingly stuff up the Mary River as we have the River Murray.Me addressing the crowd just before Steve rolls his kayak into the Brisbane River

Stevehas previoulsy taken his kayak down the length of the Murray River to raise awareness to help repair the mess made of that, and is similarly appaled at the propsect of major harm being unnecessarily done to an important catchment and waterway like the Mary. He will paddle up the Brisbane River, walk across to the headwaters of the Mary River, and paddle down that river to the Great Sandy Straits and back to Brisbane alone coast.  You can read daily update of his trip at this site. More details here.

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  1. Yes at the end of Rudd meets Chinese Helmsman and Pakistan Carers of can see the good Senator Andrew,supporting something that is Australian,and not full of the perfected windbaggery of Diplomacy.May the great kayaker helmsman succeed for Queenslanders and Australians.Perhaps a song should be dreamt up to words by the by the Bartlett!?

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    I read in the Sunshine Coast Daily of Steve Posselt’s epic adventures and decided I would be at the Kandanga Hall on April 27th at midday for a rally and BBQ and also at the West End Boat Ramp on Sun. May 11th at 11am… for a march along the riverside boardwalk. Please join us! To check Steve’s progress go to We may not have many more chances to demonstrate how strongly we feel about this tragic, bloody silly decision. Yes!

  4. You’re assuming, Lorikeet, that people (particularly politicians) actually look to the lessons of history in order to make decisions. I get the distinct feeling that most of us (and them) do not. (self included)

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