STIRLING HINCHLIFFE: Well, I'm not wanting to comment on the issues surrounding the Paradise Dam. That's the subject of a legal matter at the moment, as you'd be aware. But fishways aren't bought off the shelf. They need to be responsive to the conditions and the circumstances of each individual dam.
PETER MCCUTCHEON: The Traveston Crossing Dam's environmental impact statement (EIS) clearly states the fishway will be based on the technology operating at Paradise Dam. But Queensland's Infrastructure Minister Stirling Hinchliffe insists the controversy over Paradise Dam won't affect Traveston's chances of gaining environmental approval.
STIRLING HINCHLIFFE: In the end, this is about a project that contains and includes an operating and working fishway. Whatever the design of that may end up being, built upon and based upon experience that we've had in the past.
PETER MCCUTCHEON: The residents of the Mary Valley expect to find out by the end of the year whether their neighbourhood will be flooded, and doubts over the protection of the lungfish give them some hope of a reprieve.
DAVID KREUTZ: Peter Beattie said if it didn't stack up environmentally, he wouldn't build the dam. Anna Bligh has said if it doesn't stack up environmentally, they won't build the dam. So the idea here is that the science should prove, before you approve.
JEAN JOSS, LUNGFISH EXPERT is adamant that a dam on the Mary River will result in lungfish not reproducing. With no recruitment, the lungfish will eventually be dead.
Request to Minister Peter Garrett
Wide Bay Burnett Conservation Council - WBBCC - and other conservation groups have requested that Minister Garrett confirm that he will not change the conditions until the case is heard and judgement given. WBBCC considers that that the most appropriate action is for the Court case to run its course based on the existing conditions.