Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Off on Another Adventure; Anti-Dam Campaigner and Environmentalist Steve Posselt Is Ready to Go

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Off on Another Adventure; Anti-Dam Campaigner and Environmentalist Steve Posselt Is Ready to Go

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STEVE Posselt, the environmentalist who paddled and dragged his kayak from Brisbane to Adelaide in 2007 to highlight the parlous state of the Murray-Darling river system, is gearing up for another long haul - this time from Brisbane down the coastline to Sydney.

Posselt, a 55-year-old retired civil engineer who spent more than 30 years in the water industry, is making this second epic journey to highlight concerns over the construction of the proposed Traveston Crossing dam on Queensland's Mary River - a dam that could endanger the survival of the prehistoric lungfish, which Posselt says outdates the dinosaur.

Now living at Alstonville after moving from Brisbane, the Grafton-born Posselt plans to leave Brisbane on Saturday, October 4, and arrive in Sydney on November 1.

He hopes to present the signatures of thousands of dam opponents- many from members of the Save The Mary River group - to Minister for the Environment, Peter Garrett, in a bid to stop the dam's construction.

He describes the effects of the dam's construction as being "the worst thing I have seen in the water industry in my career".

"It would be much worse than the Franklin River Dam," he says, referring to the proposal to dam Tasmania's Franklin River, which was scrapped after massive protests in 1983.

Posselt's trip down the Darling and Murray rivers to Adelaide involved 2150km of paddling and 1080km of walking.

"That gives a good idea of the state of the flow," he says.

Posselt doesn't hold back when he describes the state of the Darling. "It's stuffed," he says.

"There's no way it can be fixed.

"We now have to decide which parts of it we want to live and which parts we want to die.

"It's quite depressing. I'm ashamed to be part of a civilisation that's done that.

"Almost everyone down the Darling thinks the answer is to dam the Clarence River and divert the water flow. …

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