Craig Warhurst

Strategy to rebuild Mary Valley begins

THE Queensland Government will begin merging properties and water rights in the Mary Valley in an effort to rebuild the region after the Traveston Dam debacle.

Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney yesterday released to Parliament the Mary Valley Economic Development Strategy Prospectus, "a roadmap to reinvigorate the Mary Valley" still reeling from the failure of the former ALP government's dam project.

Mr Seeney said bringing together properties and water rights would create blocks of land more suitable to agriculture.

The government will spend two years re-establishing an "agricultural-based economy" in the Mary Valley.

On top of the support given to private agricultural groups, Mr Seeney said there also would be support for the community.

Member for Gympie David Gibson will head the Mary Valley Economic Development Advisory Group.

"Last Friday we called for expressions of interest from parties interested in working with the government to implement projects in the Mary Valley," Mr Seeney said.

"In the few days since then, we have had 103 inquiries, with about half of them asking about specific properties and expressing interest in land purchases.

"This level of interest would indicate the Mary Valley has a bright future."

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