Paradise dam challenge continues

IN THE shadows of anti-dam celebrations, a Wide Bay conservation group has this week continued its legal challenge to the suitability of a fishway for lungfish at Paradise Dam, north-west of Biggenden.

Sunwater is being challenged in the Federal Court by the Wide Bay-Burnett Conservation Council which claims the State Government utility breached Federal Government environmental controls by operating the dam since 2005 without an effective fishway for lungfish.

This week the expert whose report was ruled out as evidence by Justice John Logan last Tuesday has taken the witness stand.

Justice Logan had ruled that a report by fish biologist Jim Tait could not be used as evidence by the WBBCC.

However, Justice Logan has this week ruled that a joint report compiled by Mr Tait and Peter Kind, a fish passage expert for Sunwater, could be provisionally tendered to the court as evidence.

Meanwhile, a massive party will take place at Queens Park, Maryborough, tomorrow afternoon from 2pm to 6pm to celebrate Peter Garrett’s Traveston dam veto.



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