Great news – Traveston Dam rejected

Nov 11 took on a new signficance for the Mary River and the people and creatures who live in the catchment. The Federal Environment Minister Garrett rejected the proposed Traveston Crossing Dam based on the “unacceptable impact” it would have on threatened species including the Mary River turtle and Australian lungfish. Minister Garrett said “I’m not satisfied that the impact on the long term survival would be adequately addressed by mitigation and offset measures proposed.” Proponents have 10 days to appeal, we expect a final decision about the 21st Nov., however the Queensland Premier seems unlikely to appeal. The Mary River turtle, a river specialist, can continue to live out their days without the looming threat of a dam.

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