Hon Norman Moore BA DipEd JP MLC

Hon Norman Moore BA DipEd JP MLC

Former Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Fisheries; Electoral Affairs

    Gas project considers commercial fishers

    23/10/2012 12:00 AM
     
    • Chevron and WA Fishing Industry Council reach agreement on claims process
    • Positive approach for fishing compensation
    • Formal committee established to process commercial fishers’ claims
    Fisheries Minister Norman Moore has welcomed negotiations between the State’s peak commercial fishing body and resources company Chevron Australia, to set up a mechanism for compensating commercial fishers potentially affected by the new Wheatstone Project.

    Chevron’s Wheatstone Project in the Pilbara will produce liquefied natural gas and domestic gas from offshore areas near Onslow.

    It is one of Australia’s biggest resource projects - providing significant economic benefits such as employment, Government revenue and local business opportunities to Western Australia.

    Mr Moore said, in establishing a project that would help WA continue its leading role as a natural gas supplier for the Asia-Pacific region, it was important to recognise the impact on the commercial fishers whose operations may be affected during the project’s construction.

    “It’s important a mechanism is established, through which commercial fishers demonstrate how their fishing operations may be affected by the project’s development,” he said.

    “Unlike a statutory scheme, where licences or entitlement are surrendered with agreed compensation, this is essentially a process method to negotiate compensation for impacts - for example, in Area One of the Onslow Prawn Fishery.”

    The Minister said Chevron Australia and the WA Fishing Industry Council (WAFIC) had been working with the Department of Fisheries to facilitate an arrangement to assess claims for compensation on a ‘without prejudice’ basis through an arms-length process.

    “The process is similar to that used under the Fisheries Adjustment Schemes Act 1987, including an independent committee to consider claims,” he said.

    “The committee will provide recommendations to Chevron, with any agreement to pay compensation ultimately becoming a direct arrangement between the company and fishers.

    “This approach is a win-win for the project and for fishers, with benefits for all parties involved and it is pleasing to see the level of co-operation between the stakeholders.”

          Fact File
    • Submission period open until November 30
    • More information for commercial fishers at Department of Fisheries or WAFIC
    • More information on Wheatstone Project at http://www.chevronaustralia.com

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