Traveston Dam Protest

Welcome to Kabi Kabi/Gubbi Gubbi country and the fight to stop the proposed Traveston Dam.

In April 2006 then Queensland Premier, Mr. Peter Beattie, announced the proposal to create a dam along the Mary River at Traveston Crossing. At the time there had been a prolonged drought and the dams in south-east Queensland had little rainfall. In July 2006 Mr Beattie announced the dam would go ahead.

So began the fight. Mary Valley residents took up the fight, stating that the dam would impact upon lifestyles, livelihood, and some of the best farming land in Queensland. It would also threaten the lives of animals of the Mary River and Great Sandy Strait. The protest became visible with signs, rallies and demonstrations. Help was at hand. The Kabi Kabi/Gubbi Gubbi people refused the government’s $1 million offer. Environmental groups, Sunshine Coast MPs and Greens Senator Bob Brown also lent a voice to the protest.

After protesting for three years the building of the dam was cancelled on 2 December 2009 by Mr Peter Garrett, the Minister for the Environment Heritage and the Arts.

View the slideshow for a snapshot, but click on the photo gallery for all photos.

  • Mary River - Traveston Dam protest - April 2006 - Gympie Times collection
  • Traveston Dam protest - April 2006 - Gympie Times collection
  • Traveston Dam protest - April 2006 - Gympie Times collection
  • Katie Martin - Traveston Dam protest - July 2006 - Gympie Times collection
  • Tina and Mick Venardos March in the Anti Dam Rally - Traveston Dam protest - June 2006 - Gympie Times collection
  • Kate and Ivan Molloy lead the Anti Dam March to the State Conference - Traveston Dam protest - June 2006 - Gympie Times collection
  • Greens Senator Bob Brown - Traveston Dam protest - May 2006 - Gympie Times collection
  • Mr Lawrence Springborg (leader National Party Qld 2003-2006) - Traveston Dam protest - May 2006 - Gympie Times collection

Photo Gallery of the Traveston Dam Protest – click on an image to view full screen

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To view the interviews about the proposed Traveston Crossing Dam Visit Here (YouTube)

State Development, Infrastruction and Local Government of Queensland
Traveston Crossing Dam Project – full EIS reports and maps available to download
Traveston Dam – the federal process
Federal Government reports and processes on the cancellation of the Traveston Dam

Further Mary Valley References
King, Joy (2001) “Imbil: jewel of the Mary Valley: a historical reference” [available for loan]
Wild Heart Bountiful Land
Produced by the Queensland State Archives in partnership with Cooloola Shire Council, Wild Heart Bountiful Land is an historical overview of the Mary River Valley. [free eBook]
Mary Valley Rattler
A history of the railway in the Mary Valley [Web site]
Queensland Places
Centre for the Government of Queensland, contains all the places in Queensland with or has had a population over 500. [Web site]
Queensland Government – Place Names
Queensland place names database [Web site]
Regional Profile
A statistical snapshot of our region [Web site]
Australian Bureau of Statistics
Data from the 2016 Census [Web site]


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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that ‘Voices of the Valley’ may contain images, voices or names of deceased persons in photographs, websites, film, audio recordings or printed material.

All opinions expressed in the Voices of the Valley interviews are those of the interviewee and do not reflect the views of Gympie Regional Council.

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