The dam is sunk! YIPPEE

November 11th, 2009

What wonderful news we hear today on what is a day when we remember our heroes. Peter Garrett has delivered the goods. He has used common sense and scientific evidence to reject the Traveston Crossing Dam proposal. I can’t think of a better piece of news that I have heard in ages.

Congratulations must go to you the community. To everyone that wore a No Dam shirt or stuck a sticker on their car, to those that helped gather petitions and letters in their thousands, to the volunteers who stood tirelessly at every stall raising the profile of the no dam stance I salute and thank you.

To Glenda, to Steve, to Tanzi, to Darryl, to Beryl, to Elizabeth, to Lindsay to our foam turtle wearer and to each and everyone else who I have forgotten to name but who worked tirelessly and never ever gave up my heartfelt gratitude. Without ordinary people doing extraordinary things this wonderful victory would not have come to pass.

To our absolutely fabulous media journalists and editors at Ch 7 and Ch 9 and at the local print media especially the Fraser Coast Chronicle, my thanks. Without the constant focus and never say die attitude of yourselves I don’t believe we may have achieved this result.


Now  I am going to run around and jump for joy like a happy fish….

7 Responses to “The dam is sunk! YIPPEE”

  1. Dingosimonon 11 Nov 2009 at 5:49 am

    I agree Sue, such wonderful news. Garrett has done the right thing for once. So many 1000’s of people will be relieved of this correct decision.

    Now all we have to do while Peter is in a good mood, is to look at the Fraser island Dingo and do something positive about saving it.



  2. Paton 11 Nov 2009 at 8:28 am

    Sadly, this is the the day that will be remembered for all the wrong reasons. Instead of the 11th of November being dedicated to the rememberace of those brave souls who gave their lives for us, it will be remembered for Gough Witlam’s sacking, and the end of democracy in this country (when a few thousand signatures on a piece of paper can change the decision of a government who went to an election on a promise). I believe the decision should have been made on ANY day but today.

  3. Ben Collingwoodon 11 Nov 2009 at 12:14 pm

    Don’t celebrate just yet Sue, Anna will have the entire QWI team and her army of spin doctors burning the midnight oil for the next ten days.

    Even if the decision does stand, Queenslanders still stand to lose as she’s forced to find even more expensive alternatives, sell back the land she acquired at a significant loss, and so on.

    If only we’d had a viable alternative party at the last election!

  4. Sadmanon 11 Nov 2009 at 9:14 pm

    A word of CAUTION.

    This is only an “interim decision” the finel word is not until the 25th November.

    Believe me, there will be a lot of frantic inter-departmental phone calls over the next few days. Many political heavytweights will be flexing their muscles.
    $600million has been spent, that’s a lot of egg on someone’s face.

    Don’t let your guards down, you may have won the battle, just make sure you win the war.


  5. Gary Jensenon 13 Nov 2009 at 8:43 pm

    I agree, Sue. Congratulations to everyone who helped fight against the building of the dam at Traveston Crossing.

    I am taking the opportunity to correct what Pat said in their post. Anna Bligh DID NOT go to the election seeking a mandate to build the Dam. In fact she put the spin out in the public that the Dam had been canned. Her words were that the decison to build the Dam have been put on hold until the Government had put in place the mitigation strategies necessary to overcome some of the environmental concerns.

    Nor did she go to the people seeking a mandate to scrap the fuel subsidy, raise car registration or sell State assets.

    The only good thing she has done recently is that the State Government is not going to fight the decision to scrap the proposed dam at Traveston Crossing.

    Sue I know that you have assisted the Greater Mary Association and others involved greatly over the last couple of years. Thanks for that.


  6. Paton 14 Nov 2009 at 6:59 am

    Sorry to disagree with you Gary, but I remember quite clearly that I voted for the Labor Party this time around because it was made clear that they would govern for what was best for the majority of Queenslanders, not just for those few hundreds who didn’t want their houses lost to make way for an over-needed dam. I remember clearly a statement made that went something like, “The needs of the many far outweigh the needs of the few”. I can obviously understand your passion because you are directly effected, but now that the “vocal few” have won, the rest of Queensland will be paying for it forever. The latest estimate was an extra $50 a year on every Queenslander’s water bill. I’m betting it will be at least 4 times that amount. And one thing’s for sure, once the price goes up, it will NEVER come down – no matter how much rain we get.

  7. Sadmanon 15 Nov 2009 at 12:53 am


    Forget Traveston for a moment and just look at the concept of dams.

    Mankind needs two things, food & drink. As a result arable land is just
    as important as water. Dams by their very nature take up large tracts
    of land, often, to date, arable land. If dams are built in the never, never
    then extra cost is involved piping the water ti where it is required.

    The biggest No No of all is that dams are reliant of the weather, no rain,
    no river flow = no dam, just a big empty hole in the ground. Society
    requires a controllable supply of water at a defined quality level. The
    two obvious choices are recycling and desalination.

    Two things about desalination not often mentioned; it does not have to
    be sea water, virtually any water will do e.g. bore water, rain runoff, etc.
    Cost can in my view, be kept down by useing sun light as the power source

    In the case of recycling, MethanE gas produced from the sewerage treatment
    could and should be the power source for the recycling process.

    People must learn to accept ALL water is recycled, there is NO NEW WATER.


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