Protesters swamp Canberra post
SO MANY letters and so little time left to read them.
That may have been the reaction of several Labor leaders after more than 30,000 letters were delivered to state and federal politicians on Saturday by those opposed to the proposed Traveston Crossing dam.
A decision on the fate of the dam is scheduled to be made on November 18, although federal Environment Minister Peter Garrett (pictured) can ask for a deadline extension if he is unable to reach a decision on the dam in that time.
Letters were sent to Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, to Mr Garrett, Queensland Premier Anna Bligh and state Environment Minister Kate Jones.
Glenda Pickersgill, Save the Mary River president, said the group remains hopeful of a positive outcome.
“We’ve sent more than 30,000 letters and countless emails on behalf of people protesting against the dam,” Ms Pickersgill said.
“We’ve sent letters to Kevin Rudd, Anna Bligh, Peter Garrett and Kate Jones but the most have been sent to Garrett.
“We hope it’s made an impact.”
Ms Pickersgill said that the sheer number of letters should indicate to politicians the enormous public support for the group’s aim to prevent the Traveston dam.
“Our support is not only local. The large number of Brisbane addresses on these letters shows the extent to which people in Anna Bligh’s backyard disapprove of the project,” she said.
The Queensland opposition teamed up with wildlife conservationist Bob Irwin, the father of Steve Irwin, earlier in the week in its fight to stop the Traveston dam from going ahead.
The controversial $1.8 billion project was approved last month by the state’s coordinator-general, subject to 1200 conditions.
Mr Irwin said last Sunday that allowing the project would be “environmental vandalism” as he appealed to Mr Garrett to listen to the people.
“At 1.3 times the size of Sydney harbour, the proposed Traveston Dam would block one of the last free-flowing rivers on the east coast of Australia,” he said.