Tanzi Smith is in Kandanga to celebrate the shelving of Mary Valley dam plans, one year on. 07m1353a
Tanzi Smith is in Kandanga to celebrate the shelving of Mary Valley dam plans, one year on. 07m1353a

Emotions strong one year after dam

TANZI Smith was in idyllic Kandanga yesterday, 12 months after the pristine Mary Valley hamlet took centre stage in Queensland's media circus.

“I still find it hard to find words,” the Tiaro native said. “There was so much emotion that day.”

Ms Smith was in Brisbane on November 11 last year when Peter Garrett made her day, her month and her year in one fell swoop by canning Anna Bligh's plans for a mega dam at Traveston Crossing.

One of Mr Garrett's assistants had left a message on her phone in the morning, informing her that the minister's decision was imminent.

She replayed the message time and time again trying to find a subconscious indication of which way Mr Garrett would go.

Overnight she was able to redirect the enormous time and energy she had devoted to the anti-dam campaign to the university PhD she had shelved.

Her anti-dam experience informed her academic work, which she finally submitted at the University of Technology, Sydney last month.

In the conclusion of her paper, she describes the rustic Valley celebrations as men, women, boys and girls took to the Mary River after the Garrett announcement.

“The social stats and the environmental stats meant nothing compared to the bond between each person and the river we worked to save.”

Kandanga will host a very special Mary Valley Festival today with up to 50 stalls, live music and various workshops lined up from midday.



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