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Lockhart River 10 years on

The tragedy that is Lockhart River still has serious doubts around the event, the sadness continues, with it being nearly 8 years before there was insurance payouts – look at the case with Karen Casey [6-years] and still “..not done…”.

The sadness continues and we must remember Shane Urqhart, his work in exposing the problems , his family and the other families involved.



ATSB report:
Investigation: 200501977 – Collision with Terrain – Fairchild Metro 23 aircraft, VH-TFU 11km NW Lockhart River Aerodrome, 7 May 2005

Senate report:

In 2014, the posting was complete with the reports at the time.

From Coroner Barnes report:

There were thirteen passengers on board the incident flight all of whom boarded the aircraft at Bamaga.
David Banks was a devoted husband to his wife Anne of almost forty years and a loving father to their three children. Dr Banks was best known in his career as a veterinary scientist for his work on the control and eradication of livestock diseases. He played a pivotal role in protecting Australia from exotic pests, particularly in the development of bio-security and quarantine policy. He was fifty-five years of age at the time of his death.
Frank Billy was born on 23 March 1984 on Thursday Island. After finishing high school, he commenced an apprenticeship in carpentry and was employed with the Injinoo Shire Council. He was a dedicated family man and beloved partner to Emily Kepa, and father to their three children. He was twenty-one years of age at the time of his death.
Fred Bowie was a talented track and field athlete who was given the opportunity to travel to Canada when he was fifteen to compete with the Australian Schools Athletics Team. After school, he undertook an apprenticeship in carpentry and joinery with the Injinoo Shire Council and was due complete his trade in November 2005. He was beloved partner to Florence Kepa, and father to their four children, the youngest of whom was born after the accident. He was also actively involved in his local community. He was twenty-five years of age at the time of his death.
Mardie Bowie was born at Thursday Island on 23 November 1974 and at the time of her death, was employed as a sports and recreation officer with the Bamaga Shire Council. She was a loving wife to her husband Francis of six years and a beloved mother to their two children. She was also took an active role with her extended family. She was thirty years of age at the time of her death.
Robert Brady was a much loved son, grandson, husband and brother. He was a qualified diesel mechanic and travelled internationally with his trade. At the time of his death, he was employed with Heritage Four Wheel Driver Tours as a tour guide. He was thirty-five years of age at the time of his death.
Edward Green was working at Turtle Island at a remote pearl seeding business prior to his death. He was also gaining valuable experience to advance his intended career as a ship’s master. He is survived by his wife and close family. He was thirty-five years of age at the time of his death.
Kenneth Hurst was the managing director of a drilling supply company. He enjoyed recreational fishing and travelled to Bamaga a few times for this purpose. He was a much loved son, brother, husband, father and friend. He was fifty-five years of age.
Gordon Kris was devoted to his partner of seventeen years Elizabeth Stephen, and father to their seven children. At the time of his death, he was in his final stages of his apprenticeship in cabinet making. He was thirty-seven years of age.
Noel Lewis was a much loved brother, husband and father. He was actively involved in the Australian Drilling Association and served as Queensland Branch President as well as being a representative on the Queensland Drillers Licensing Advisory Committee. He was forty-eight years of age.
Paul Norris was born on 9 December 1970. Prior to his death, Captain Norris was employed as a pilot with Aero-tropics based on Horn Island. On the day of the accident, he was travelling to Cairns to meet his wife Fiona Curren so they could celebrate their fourth wedding anniversary. He was thirty-four years of age at the time of this death.
Arden Sonter was a much loved husband, father, brother and son. At the time of his death, he was residing with his family in Bamaga and was employed as the Chief Executive Officer of Bamaga Enterprises Limited. He was forty-four years of age.
Sally Urquhart was born on 30 March 1977 in Wondai. She graduated from Griffith University with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and commenced employment with the Queensland Police Service. At the time of her death, she was a serving member of the Queensland Police Service stationed at Bamaga with her fiancé, Trad Thornton, a fellow police officer. On the day of the accident, she was travelling to Townsville to participate in a Constable Development Program. She was not only gifted academically but athletically, representing the State in touch football. She was twenty-eight years of age at the time of her death.
Helen Woosup was born on 6 September 1979 in Cairns. She was a devoted partner to Mimia Whap and mother to their five children. She was employed as a trainee sports and recreation officer for the Injinoo Shire Council. She was also an active member of her local community. She was twenty-five years of age.


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New Information found on Lockhart River

The new DAS has just been announced, but has not yet been seen in the halls of “power” and the bodies still are coming to the surface.In the recent thread a challenge was issued to Mark Skidmore that casa needs to put into place a very robust removal of staff who are/have been involved in improper activities.

Yes there are a few who could do the job
But would:

  • The immediate implementation of the ASRR recommendations or
  • The removal of the casa dead-wood.
  • The removal of the 200 or so staff who are non-performers;
  • Spending money on purchasing the NZ system;

Achieve an appointment of that person, as it would defy the effect of the incumbents and the over-riding MrDAK [supported by previous departmental head, now casa Board Chair – Hawkes].

Lets start with:

Why was Ian Harvey appointed as “Counsel Assisting the Coroner” in the Lockhart River inquest.

What was the casa legal branch’s involvement in the matter?

Was this to “Pervert the cause of Justice?”

What has been found in the following article and the report in the Torres Times on 5th November 2014?

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