Garrett's dam decision celebrated
THE CHEERS that greeted Peter Garrett’s decision to stop the Traveston Crossing dam last month reverberated across the Mary Valley again at the weekend during “a big thank-you party” for anti-dam campaigners.
The “Dam-Off Party” at Kandanga attracted more than 1000 people, said Save the Mary River Co-ordinating Group president Glenda Pickersgill.
“It was wonderful. There were so many happy smiling faces – everybody was dancing and having a great time.
“We had film screenings of all the events we’ve held over the past couple of years ... it was very motivating.”
Ms Pickersgill said the party featured a special ceremony for the “Knit for Mary” scarf – a huge scarf made by hundreds of local knitters and “a vibrant symbol of a close-knit community in danger of unravelling”.
Hervey Bay’s Elisabeth Berry, who set up the ourgreatsandy website three years ago, is looking forward to working with all the anti-dam campaigners from now on to ensure the Mary River and Great Sandy Straits are managed sustainably.
“There’s still work to do. The whole catchment and the health of the river needs to be managed sustainably. Obviously the Mary River water resource plan needs to be reviewed – the government used that to say the estuary wouldn’t be affected by the dam. It didn’t account for any fresh water which is not acceptable.”
A Mary Valley information night will be held from 7pm tomorrow at the Kandanga Hall.