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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 1010 asked in the Legislative Council on 17 September 2019 by Hon Jim Chown

Minister responding: Hon D.J. Kelly
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on


1010. Hon JIM CHOWN to the minister representing the Minister for Fisheries:

It sounded like there was a murder of crows flying around somewhere.

(1) Has a voluntary fisheries adjustment scheme committee been appointed to address the Ocean Reef marina development compensation matter?

(2) What are the names of the committee members?

(3) What expertise and/or experience does each of the committee members possess in relation to this compensation assessment?

(4) When will the commercial abalone fisheries representative be able to present before the committee about their compensation?


I thank the member for the question. The following information has been provided by the Minister for Fisheries.

(1) Yes.

(2) The committee members are Mr Ross Donald, chairman; Mr Keith Tocas; Ms Katherine Webber; and Ms Natalie Moore, a representative from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development.

(3) The committee members have considerable experience in fisheries compensation processes and their operation.

(4) It has been a longstanding practice, including under the former Liberal–National government, that potential claimants to compensation under a voluntary fisheries adjustment scheme do not present to the committee. The abalone fisheries representative will have the opportunity to provide a written submission to the committee. This approach recognises the need for the committee to provide independent and objective advice to the Minister for Fisheries that is free from subjective representation or lobbying from affected parties.