Media Release 24/4/08
Canoeists and kayakers will converge on the Mary River this Sunday to mark the second anniversary of the announcement of the highly controversial proposal to dam the Mary River at Traveston Crossing.
the proposed Mary Dam into the national spotlight almost two years back.
This time, they’ll be joined by Murray/Darling kayaker Steve Posselt who has attracted his own media coverage as he paddles his “Don’t Murray the Mary” message on a 29-day trip that encompasses the entire length of the Mary.
Save the Mary River’s Glenda Pickersgill said the ripples of opposition had spread well outside the Mary Valley since Premier Peter Beattie’s shock announcement in April 2006.
“This has squarely become a national issue,” she said. “At a time when dams all around the country have been letting us down, and with the finger pointed squarely at Climate Change, our state government opted for another dam.”
“Since then, they’ve thumbed their nose at the possibility that Peter Garrett won’t approve this dam. They’re hoping if they press on far enough, he’ll feel obliged to give it the nod.”
“Even then,” she points out, ” the Franklin Dam was stopped after construction was actually commenced.”
” The people of the Mary Valley have had two years of a relentless and orchestrated campaign of glossy brochures that the dam is going ahead. But it has only made us more determined to fight for the river and the endangered species it is home to.”
The “Flotilla” celebrates the fighting spirit of all those involved. All participants are asked to bring their glossy brochures to the “bull-fire” on the bank at Traveston Crossing and to adjourn afterwards to Kandanga Hall for food and entertainment.”
Starting point is at 1865 Mary Valley Road, just north of Kandanga. Launching time is 9am but gates open at 7.30 and be early to get unloaded and in the water on time.
For registration, or further details phone 07 54 843 150 , mobile 0411443589 or visit www.savethemaryriver.com
For those confined to the land, the “Flotilla” will converge on Traveston Crossing Bridge at around 11.30am
Glenda Pickersgill 54 843 150 mb 041143589
Save the Mary River Coordinating Group
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