LETTER: Traveston Dam would have been a travesty

THE anniversary of Remembrance Day 2009 for Gympie and the Mary River is reminder of how power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely in politics.

Thank goodness for democracy.

The Traveston Dam would have been a travesty.

The buying up of properties in the Mary Valley, in anticipation that it would go ahead, was premature and came back to bite them when it was environmentally illegal. No checks first; just like a bull at a gate.

Queensland's escalating debt and deficit which we will never see in surplus in our time, is a painful reminder of the Labor years of yore and a warning to the present voters who put their faith in Labor's current leadership.

Labor is fiscally reckless and immune to the effects of escalating interest on debt.

04/05/06 bw155578t The Save The Mary Valley Action Group has been formed to oppose the state government's plans to dam the Mary Valley. The Traveston Crossing is the proposed site for the dam wall. Photo: Brett Wortman
04/05/06 bw155578t The Save The Mary Valley Action Group has been formed to oppose the state government's plans to dam the Mary Valley. The Traveston Crossing is the proposed site for the dam wall. Photo: Brett Wortman Brett Wortman / 155578t

It has its own agenda to spend, spend, spend, irrespective of commonsense and economic intelligence.

Water levels from the set dams were already adequate, as is the Baroon Dam's current status.

Consumers turned to tanks and reducing water consumption as their own contribution to the so-called crisis.

The desalination plans of the Bligh government, now a white elephant, has to be paid for by innocents who never had a say in their creation.

Like gold-plating the electricity network, this was another snafu knee-jerk reaction to what Labor considered necessary to counter estimated demands of the future, without wise counsel.

The people themselves modified usage and the crisis passed.

Now Beattie has been paid well for his contribution by an endless generous taxpayer contribution to his retirement and Bligh has won a lucrative NSW government job, leaving us all with the consequences of their poor decision-making schemes.

Making the public pay dearly now for rising water and electricity charges, only adds insult to injury.

E. ROWE - Marcoola



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