Paradise court case could stop dam
ANTI-TRAVESTON dam campaigners will holding their breath today as the Paradise Dam federal court case resumes in Brisbane.
Save the Mary River Co-ordinating Group president Glenda Pickersgill says the court case calls into question whether the State Government has kept its promises to protect the Queensland lungfish.
“The case is about the serious environmental impacts of dams,” she said.
“Paradise Dam, like the proposed Traveston Crossing dam, will push endangered and vulnerable species like the lungfish further toward extinction. And dams are not the best way to secure Brisbane’s water supply in the face of climate change.”
Ms Pickersgill said taxpayers also needed to know there were other promises of jobs, economic growth and water security made about Paradise Dam, which is on the Burnett River north-west of Biggenden, which have been broken by the Queensland Government.
They have not been held accountable for this, said group secretary David Kreutz.
Mr Kreutz was referring to a ministerial media release issued in May 2006 in which it was claimed Paradise Dam would increase net wealth in the region by up to $800 million a year and create more than 7000 jobs.
Neither of the claims had materialised, he said.
“It appears the Queensland Government and its dam builders might be in the habit of making promises they can’t keep.”