Endangered sighs of relief
November 11, 2009 5:13 PM Subscribe
posted by Kerasia (15 comments total)
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A rare living fossil, the Queensland Lungfish
can today breathe a sigh of relief. A decision yesterday by the Australian Federal Environment Minister
(and Midnight Oil frontman
) Peter Garret
has rejected the Queensland Government's plans to dam the Mary River
for urban water use.
Considered by some legal experts to be the biggest environmental decision
in a decade, the rejection of the planned dam was one of only 16 projects rejected out of 3300 proposed.
Not only is the lungfish saved, but other species such as the endangered Mary River Turtle
and the poetically named Honey Blue-eyed Fish and the Tusked Frog, as well as the large, striking Mary River Cod
. Also saved were the thousands acres of rich agricultural land that is used to feed the fastest growing region in Australia.
There had been strong community action
against the dam since its announcement 3 years ago and the decision has been welcomed by many sides of politics. Alternative water resources have already been considered with desalination plants
water on the cards.
And for some
the question remains: will there come a time when protecting the habitat of a rare bum-breathing turtle comes at the expense of human habitation?