Peter Garrett announces his decision against the Traveston Crossing dam, six years ago today
Peter Garrett announces his decision against the Traveston Crossing dam, six years ago today Craig Warhurst

Garrett recalls Traveston decision as one of his 'wins'

PETER Garrett saved the Mary Valley on this day six years ago, when he used his powers as federal Environment Minister to reject the Queensland Government's plan to dam the Mary River at Traveston Crossing.

Mr Garrett, whose political memoirs were published recently, says the dam rejection was one of the "wins" from his time in politics.

The former musician, human rights campaigner, and conservation activist says his time as minister involved all the difficulties of dealing with powerful interests and a large and internally diverse conservation movement, every section of which has its own special interests.

But he has no regrets, he said in an interview to promote his book, Big Blue Sky.

And some of his best remembered wins were in Queensland.

"There was Traveston," he said, also listing a number of other decisions, including the Coral Sea Conservation Zone.

Gympie Times

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