The Gladstone fishing industry will continue its battle to be compensated for the effects of dredging and development in the local harbour after Judge David Searles ruled this morning that the case would not be proceeding in the Planning and Environment Court.
Judge Searles ruled that it could not proceed because of a technicality relating to the definition of the term “commercial fishing operator”. This technicality means that wholesale and retail operators involved in the fight for compensation did not fall within the definition and therefore the matter could not proceed.
Shine Lawyers took on the fishermen’s case in January, lodging legal proceedings against the Gladstone Ports Corporation for failing to comply with directives to compensate those affected by a $70 million port development.
Shine Lawyers Partner Rebecca Jancauskas stated that ”people are simply seeking solutions that provide them some relief whilst their businesses collapse around them.”
“We are still hopeful that the State Government will do the right thing by the Gladstone fishing industry and we look forward to further discussions to make this happen,” she said.