Borbidge heads west on trip to Goomburra
FORMER Premier Rob Borbidge named the South East Queensland Against Eastlink Group as one of the first broad-based community opposition groups in recent political history which totally achieved its objective.
Mr Borbidge was at a reunion at Gordon Country, Goomburra, on Saturday, which brought back memories of a political campaign from 20 years ago which brought to an end plans for a high-voltage power line from Tamworth to Toowoomba through rural land west of Stanthorpe, and through Greymare, Cunningham, Wheatvale, Massie and west of Allora.
The reunion was organised by Sue Gordon, co-leader of the anti Eastlink campaign.
"The Government initially had three possible routes and the decision to stop the line made an enormous difference to a great many landholders," Mr Borbidge said.
"We took to the election in 1995 that if elected we would terminate plans for Eastlink. The line then went through what was essentially State-owned property and crown land.
"It was a credit to Sue Gordon and her team that Eastlink didn't become a reality."
Mr Borbidge, who is now chairman of CareFlight Group Queensland, addressed a group which included representatives of the Ipswich 4WD Club which had a group of 105 at Gordon Country for their Christmas Party.
Club member Gary Chapman said many club members travelled to Gordon Country to help with the clean-up after the last flood.
"We come up here every Christmas and small groups come regularly. We enjoy the lookouts," he said.
Jim Williams said the club had recently raised $22,000 for the Prostate Cancer Council of Queensland.
"Gordon Country is a beautiful area to visit."