This shows the very low mentality of the Public Service, no surprise to me Queensland is in the very bad way they are. Politicians there are as bad as they get. The public service has quite collectively the brain power of a garbage can. What sort of intelligence even considers fining this hero?
A recreational diver who was hailed a hero on social media for his efforts to free a whale trapped in shark nets off the Gold Coast will not be fined for his efforts.
- A Gold Coast man who rescued a baby humpback whale from a shark net has avoided a monetary fine
- Queensland’s Minister for Fisheries urges people not to free whales from shark nets
- Più di $16,000 has been raised for Django via a crowdsourced fundraising page
Più di $16,000 was raised online to help the man pay any fine he was issued, but that is now likely to go towards whale research.
The man, who goes by the name Django, dived into the water off Burleigh Heads to untangle the whale, which swam off once freed.
“I had a knife, I didn’t really need to use the knife though,” Django told media after his adventure.
As he left the scene, Fisheries Queensland inspectors warned him he could be fined for his actions.
But today they declared he would not be fined.
A statement from a Fisheries Queensland spokesperson said Django was served with two Fisheries Infringement Notices for entering the exclusion zone around shark control program equipment off Burleigh Heads.
But the statement said he would not be fined because “he has no previous record of infringements with the Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol”.
A crowdfunding campaign was set up online on Tuesday to help Django pay for any fine that was issued.
A statement on the fundraising website said “any money raised over and above the fine will go to a charity that specialises in research and education for these great mammals”.
‘Don’t try this’
Queensland Fisheries Minister Mark Furner said the public should not try to free whales from nets.
“It is important that people allow the professionals to do their jobs in circumstances like this,” Mr Furner said.
People who have interfered with equipment like shark nets face a maximum fine of $26,690.
Mr Furner said the State Government had committed $1 million over four years to investigate alternatives to shark nets.