A $2.5m payout to a flower sketch artist is being used to help fund a legal defence fund
A $1.5 million payout to an Australian artist who created a $2,500 flower sketch in the wake of the devastating Great Barrier Reef blunder will be used to support legal defence costs for people affected by the blunder.
Key points:The payment was made to a floral sketch artist, who also helped create a floral bed, on behalf of the Queensland GovernmentSource: ABC News: David Gildenflower sketch artist David G. Gildin, from the state of Queensland, was awarded a $1,000 payout by the state’s courts system.
In a statement, Queensland Government Minister Steven Miles said the payout was a further recognition of the work he did on behalf the Queensland State Government.
“He was a true friend to Queenslanders and his work was always appreciated by the community,” Mr Miles said.
“The state government will always support the most vulnerable in our community and will always pay for his legal costs.”
The payments, which were announced at the Queensland legislature on Thursday, will be paid out over four years to Mr Gildon and his wife Karen.
“I am grateful to David G for the amazing work he has done and the support he has given us throughout this process,” Mr Gaine said.
He said the payment would help support the cost of legal proceedings in the Queensland Supreme Court.
“It was a real relief for me and Karen to be paid back the full amount of the award,” he said.
The Gildons were awarded the payout because of their work on behalf and the state, which Mr Gains said was the biggest challenge facing the state.
“There is no greater gift than to help others through difficult times,” Mr Garrett said.
Mr Gildo was awarded $2 million in a separate payout after he represented a woman who was forced to move her family out of her home in a rural area of Queensland’s Great Barrier National Park because of a blunder in 2010.
“She and her family were forced to leave their home, they were in financial difficulties and they could not afford the rent,” Mr Garcia said.’
Not an easy decision’Mr Gaine, a floral artist from Brisbane, has worked on several projects, including the floral bed in the popular “jingle bells” sketch.
He has also worked on the construction of a flower bed for the Great Barrier reef, which was destroyed by the Great Fire of 1939.
“Our flowers are in such demand in Queensland and they are just as important as ever in Queensland,” Mr Garcia said.
But in October 2010, the state Government announced that the state was considering legal action against the Gildos, which included the claim that the painting was fraudulent.
“What we have found is that the flower drawings in these sketches are made to be used as legal documents, but the work in these drawings is done to be for decoration purposes,” Mr Justice Michael Jones said at the time.
“In other words, the work that you have done in these flowers is nothing more than a decoration for someone else’s property.”