The Queensland Opposition says the State Government’s plan to build a conservation centre for species affected by the Traveston Crossing dam is an admission of the devastating effect it would have on the environment.
Premier Anna Bligh says the $35 million centre will ensure the survival of the endangered Mary River turtle, lung fish and cod.
Construction of the centre is subject to Federal Government approval of the dam, in the state’s south-east.
The Nationals’ Member for Gympie, David Gibson, says the Queensland Government’s announcement confirms freshwater species in the Mary River will be threatened by the project.
“The announcement shows that the freshwater species in the Mary River are stuffed if the Traveston Crossing dam goes ahead,” he said.
“This conservation centre is a tactical omission by this Government that these endangered species are going to be under the most incredible threat by extinction.”