Save Baffle Creek
Friends of the
Baffle Basin are calling on
the State Government to provide legislative protection for Baffle Creek. You can print
the petition here (http://fobb.enviro.org.au/baffledampetition.pdf).
Please hand the completed petition to a FOBB member or post to FOBB
731 Pacific Dr, Deepwater 4674 before the end of November.
Click here for info on why Baffle Creek needs
About the community action day
Held in conjunction with Discovery Coast
Markets, it was an afternoon of speakers, singers, information and
action! We had well researched press coverage from the day, click to read the
Newsmail article or the
The wonderfully melodic sounds of Sunshine Coast band
Sacred Space (sacredspace.com.au) greeted the gathering crowd.
>Sunirmalya Symons (FOBB) emceed the event,
highlighting the point that current water management paradigms were
outdated and unsustainable.
He said that everyone realised that storm
water harvesting was the way to go but no meaningful large scale
projects were yet underway. To pump water from low rainfall areas where
the dams are to high rainfall areas on the coast was 'dumb' he said. But
to threaten marine life, our beaches and our food chain with our wasteful
habit of washing trillions of stormwater out to sea was 'really, really
"We could fill our dams hundreds of times over with the water
that washes off our roads and roofs out to sea." He said there was no
reason to wreck our area with another 'dumb' dam.
<Frank George from Agnes
Water Landcare (click
here for contact details) emphasised the
need to 'take a leaf' out of the developers books and learn how to
influence our local representatives.
He also mentioned how Agnes Water Landcare were involved in an earlier attempt by WWF to get Baffle Creek
declared as a Wild River, but at that stage less developed rivers were
You can join Agnes Water Landcare to be part of a practical
solution taking care of our local area.
>Greg Millar from the award winning local sustainable
development 'Sunrise at 1770' (sunriseat1770.com.au)
detailed some specific water management
strategies they employ including the large household tanks, onsite sewerage
recycling, and community car wash.
Greg believes that these practices
could be expanded out to Agnes Water and 1770, saving our
environment and saving the Government money.
<David Brown from the Burnett Mary Regional Group (a community based
organisation that liaises with Government to manage our local natural
resources) talked about current and upcoming programs. E.g. the
Rainforest Recovery project provides funding for landholders to revegetate and manage their land.
David assured us that a dam does not
fit into BMRG's Water Quality Improvement Plan (commissioned by the
BMRG recognises the "significant environmental values" of
the Baffle catchment and are "very keen to keep the baffle flowing
free." See bmrg.org.au
for more info on how they can help you.
Holt (FOBB) outlined the Wild Rivers legislation that we are
asking for. It was introduced by State Labor to manage and
protect 'near pristine' rivers and its main result is to
prohibit any dams or weirs in the main "high preservation area"
of the river. Off stream dams are still allowed and dams may be
built in other tributaries as decided by community consultation.
So far only relatively undeveloped rivers have been nominated,
and it is time to use this legislation to protect the more
developed rivers that are under threat now.
<Councilor Clyde Cameron presented FOBB with a letter
of support from Gladstone Regional Council which states council
"categorically supports the view that Baffle Creek should not be
dammed...It is Council's hope that the State Government will give strong
consideration to the environmental issues and community views..."
Clyde mentioned that
it was a unanimous and deeply held belief all through council,
including staff, that the Baffle should not be dammed.
mentioned that as a 4th generation farmer 'us cockies' are now
at the forefront of conservation management by necessity.
Messages of support -
click to read
The Wilderness Society
As well as all who
attended, and those involved in the organising of this event,
thanks go to Sacred Space (sacredspace.com.au) for donating their
time to lend such a professional and soulful tone to the event, Blue
Ocean signs (blueoceansigns.com.au) for donating the wonderfully effective banner, Steve
and Mandy Davis
from Safe-t-step (safe-t-step.com.au) for loaning us
their trailer/stage, Claire and
Christian for setting it up and taking photos and video, and Mandy for
conducting interviews. Thank-you!
And stay tuned - a video of the day is being prepared.
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and to have your say. The community of Agnes Water is now continuing to
meet to plan further events, while FOBB will take another community
action day to a town near you! For more info you can also email