Fishermen across the Jajal Highridge in Queensland say they have come to the conclusion that they are “outraged” by the death of a man who died in a car while in the highland.
The man, identified as Gary James, was found on Sunday night in a vehicle on the road leading to the highlands, about 10 kilometres from the remote site.
The Queensland Coroner’s Office has opened an investigation into the death, and has said it will take a case to coroners court.
A spokesman for the Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries said the death was not being treated as suspicious and the department was cooperating fully with the coroners.
“We can confirm that our man Gary James has passed away and that his death is not being considered as suspicious,” the spokesman said.
“Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends.”
He said the man had been working at Jajala’s Fishery Management Centre for several years and had been employed there since November 2015.
“The man was a highly regarded fishery manager, he was an experienced leader and he was well respected by his staff,” the department said in a statement.
“Gary was also involved in many projects with the Queensland Government.”
A spokesman said the Department would “continue to support the Jijra community and their efforts to get the fishery back to normal”.
“This is a very difficult time for the Jjijra community,” he said.
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