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Scrapped Mary Valley horse facility land needs a new plan

DISAPPOINTED but not shocked sums up the reaction to news the multi-million quarter horse facility planned for the Mary Valley has been scrapped altogether.

Australian Quarter Horse Racing Development made the announcement on Wednesday.

A spokesman for State Development Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said yesterday the government would now consider its options for the 1480ha of land and 873 mega-litres of water allocations.

Mary Valley Cr Julie Walker said the scrapped plan was "such a pity".

"The land, I think, would have been ideal for a development of this type and magnitude," she said.

"I do understand that some of the lower land does in fact flood, but I would think that this obstacle could have been overcome by moving things on their plans around and a small amount of earthworks.

"Gympie Regional Council tried very had to facilitate this venture by various means and as a collective we were very excited at the prospect of having something of this size in our beautiful part of the region.

"This alone would have been such a terrific boost for our local economy and for tourism in the area, for the national market, but more importantly for the international market that it could have generated. I just hope there is another corporation out there who may be willing to take on this State Government land and build a valuable facility.

"The residents of the Mary Valley are very much looking forward to the day when the last block of State Government land is handed over to private ownership and the whole Traveston Dam debacle is over and some day, almost forgotten."

Gympie Times

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