Shine Lawyers and Law Essentials are representing numerous fishermen and businesses reliant upon the fishing and marine industries whose livelihoods have been affected by the development and dredging in Gladstone harbour.
Early last week Shine filed an application in the Rockhampton Planning and Environment Court seeking a number of declarations and orders. The application submits that the Gladstone Ports Corporation has failed to comply with the Coordinator General’s directive that compensation must be paid to fishermen who have suffered economic impacts as a result of the project.
In approving the development the State Government made provision for compensation to assist businesses reliant upon the harbour and fishing industry. Condition 20 of the Coordinator General’s conditions provided that the Gladstone Ports Corporation must mitigate all reasonable financial losses to existing commercial fishing operators attributed to the maritime development in Gladstone harbour. This condition is to cover both temporary and permanent loss of access to fishing areas and marine fish habitat. Compensation has not been delivered to impacted businesses.
The hearing is scheduled for 22 March