Dam important mission to save lungfish
HE'S a man on a maritime mission, and Steve Posselt has paddled into Coffs Harbour to spread the word.
North Coast-born Mr Posselt, 55, who paddled and dragged his kayak from Brisbane to Adelaide in 2007 to highlight the state of the Murray-Darling river system, is making another epic journey this year, this time along the coast from Brisbane to Sydney.
Mr Posselt stopped over in Coffs Harbour yesterday halfway through the epic journey that will see him arrive at Sydney Opera House on November 1.
The kayak marathon is his way of opposing the Traveston Crossing Dam on the Mary River in Qld, a dam he claims will endanger the survival of a fish that outdates the dinosaurs.
“Traveston Crossing dam will destroy the habitat of the lungfish, a creature found only in Queensland,” Mr Posselt said.
“The lungfish lives for 100 years and is found nowhere else in the world - the extinction of this creature will shame Australia.”
Mr Posselt is hoping his journey along the coast will raise awareness of the issue and he plans to deliver to Environment Minister Peter Garrett the signatures of thousands of opponents to the dam.
“The Queensland government is not listening to the people who are saying its water policies will harm the environment,” he said. “There are cheaper, more sustainable ways of obtaining water.”
Mr Posselt will now head south and plans to hug the coastline during the trip.