Keep April 26 free for a big celebration


 

On April 26, we’ll be marking three years of this battle for the Mary, three years since that bolt from the blue announcement of a dam at Traveston Crossing. In those days, it was “all systems go”, Beattie proposing Traveston as his solution to the water crisis, claiming that the “bulldozers would be rolling by Christmas”
 
And what a journey it’s been since then, a Senate Enquiry where all but one of the more than 200 submissions opposed the dam, an EIS that received more than 16 000 submissions- something of a record- but most importantly a community that has dug deep into its reserves of resilience, that has made strong links with environment and community support groups throughout Australia and overseas.
 
The government acts like a fisherman, playing out the line in the hope its catch will become exhausted. It’s well over 12 months since the EIS submissions were received and still nothing has gone to Canberra to seek Peter Garrett’s approval.
 
Yet the community resolve grows, not weakens. On Sunday April 26, join with us as we celebrate the past three years.
 
Beginning with a morning canoe “floatilla” downstream to Traveston Crossing Bridge, we’ll then have events, speakers and entertainment including “the big jump” an international symbol of celebration of rivers.
 
Stay tuned for more details but keep the date free.