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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Anna Bligh


    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Anna Bligh

    Monday, November 16, 2009



    Premier Bligh has outlined a six month buy back scheme for the Mary Valley landowners who sold their properties so that the Traveston Crossing Dam project could proceed.

    Ms Bligh said normal rules had been waived so that tenant farmers and other former Mary Valley landowners could buy their land back at the same price they sold it for.

    Under normal State Government buy back rules that opportunity normally only exists for 12 months after the original sale of the property and many of the landowners in the Valley sold their land up to two years ago.

    “I know that these people’s lives have been disrupted and they have lived with uncertainty for a number of years because of this project,” said the Premier.

    “In the circumstances we want to be as generous as possible and that’s why the State will waive any stamp duty charges and pay for legal fees for these original landowners.

    ‘What that means is that these people will not be out of pocket on the sale of their land. They can have it back for exactly what the Government paid for it.”

    The Premier said that people would be able to signal their intention to buy back their properties until 31 May, 2010, although the actual buy back contracts could be negotiated after that.

    “Once the six month period is up we will examine the options for the remaining land and there may be opportunity there to recover the costs of the buyback,” said the Premier.

    Under the scheme the State Government will write to previous land owners or their solicitors with the offer to sell land at the purchase cost and place public notices in newspapers.

    In Mid 2006, the Queensland Government initiated a voluntary land purchase program for the Traveston Crossing Dam.

    This was in response to community requests for certainty about land dealings, as opposed to a longer period of uncertainty during the resolution if environmental assessment process.

    The Government bought a total of 494 properties (including seven easements) for the Traveston Crossing Dam project.

    There are currently 237 original landowners residing in the properties on stage one and stage two of the Traveston Project under various tenancy arrangements.

    The Premier said the Government would make a decision on the uses for any land that was not repurchased under the scheme in June 2010.

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