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Prime Minister extends support to cattle king Graeme Acton

CQ cattle baron Graeme Acton
CQ cattle baron Graeme Acton Sharyn O'Neill

UPDATE 4PM: PRIME Minister Tony Abbott has sent his regards to Graeme Acton as he recovers in Royal Brisbane Hospital.

In a written statement, Mr Abbott says "My thoughts and prayers are with Graeme and his family", he said.

"Let's hope he can make a full recovery.

"Graeme Acton is a great Australian who has contributed so much to the agricultural community, in particular to the cattle industry around Rockhampton where the Actons have been farming for four generations.

"I've had the privilege of visiting Graeme's family property Paradise Lagoons and seen for myself its importance to the local area.

"I know the community will be doing everything it can for Graeme and his family as they try to get through this ordeal."

Premier Campbell Newman also extended his support and also on behalf of his wife Lisa.

Update 2pm: A FAMILY friend has revealed the turn of events that led to Central Queensland cattle baron Graeme Acton being on life support.

The 63-year-old was riding at the Clarke Creek Autumn Classic Campdraft, 188km north-west of Rockhampton, on the Marlborough-Sarina Rd.

The accident took place around 2.40pm on Friday.

A close friend of Mr Acton's who attended the campdraft said Mr Acton had ridden his horse around the second peg during his event when his horse accidentally "hocked" or tripped the steer it was chasing.

The friend said the steer fell to the ground and the horse subsequently stumbled over its counterpart, causing Mr Acton to fall off his horse.

She said the horse then rolled onto its rider.

The RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue chopper transported Mr Acton to Rockhampton Hospital where he was stabilised before the Royal Flying Doctor Service transferred him to Brisbane.

Mr Acton, who with his brother Evan runs the $405 million family business, was put on life support at 3am on Saturday.

Mr Lovegrove said Mr Acton sustained severe head injuries.

"He also sustained spinal injuries, which have now shown to be not as severe as initially thought because the spinal cord is in tact," he said.

Graeme's wife Jennie, siblings Elizabeth, Evan and Allen, and adult children Tom, Victoria, Hayley and Laura, and their extended families are believed to have flown to Brisbane to be at Mr Acton's bedside.

Update 11.30am: CATTLE baron Graeme Acton is breathing on his own, according to a family spokesperson.

Ian Lovegrove, the family's spokesperson, told The Bulletin at 7pm yesterday, the Central Queensland man was on life support, unconscious, but was capable of breathing on his own.

Mr Lovegrove said Mr Acton was in a critical condition but had stablised.

The Royal Brisbane Hospital confirmed this morning Mr Acton's condition was still the same.

Update 7.35am Monday: CENTRAL Queensland cattle baron Graeme Acton remains in a critical but stable condition in the Royal Brisbane Hospital.

The 63-year-old was involved in a freak horse accident at the Clarke Creek campdraft on Friday.

UPDATE 8AM: GRAEME Acton is still in a critical condition following a freak horse accident at the Clarke Creek campdraft on Friday.

 The Royal Brisbane Hospital reported the 63-year-old's condition, in the intensive care unit, as unchanged this morning.

It's believed the Rockhampton-based grazier suffered serious head injuries while competing at the Clarke Creek campdraft, west of Marlborough.

He also sustained spinal injuries, which have now shown to be not as severe as initially thought because the spinal cord has not been damaged.

His family has travelled to Brisbane to be by his side.

UPDATE 5.30PM SATURDAY: SPOKESMAN for Graeme's family Ian Lovegrove has told The Morning Bulletin Mr Acton was placed on life support at 3am today.

Mr Lovegrove confirmed Graeme was competing in the Clarke Creek Campdraft, at a location on an inland road between Marlborough and Sarina, when the horse he was riding fell and rolled on him.

The accident took place around 2.40pm on Friday.

"He sustained severe head injuries," he says.

"He also sustained spinal injuries, which have now shown to be not as severe as initially thought because the spinal cord has not been damaged."

Mr Lovegrove says Graeme's entire family is by his side at Royal Brisbane Hospital.

"The family has received an enormous amount of support for Graeme," Mr Lovegrove says.

UPDATE 5PM: GET-well-soon messages for Graeme Acton have flooded The Morning Bulletin's Facebook page.

Among others who have expressed their support is Paradise Lagoons Campdraft vice president Cameron McIntyre and the LNP Senator-elect Matthew Canavan.

"Graeme is larger than life and is always ready to stand up for the beef industry in whatever way is needed," Mr Canavan said.

"The largest campdraft in the world at Paradise Lagoons is a testament to his tireless energy and drive."

Mr McIntyre said "Graeme has friends far and wide ... are thoughts are with him and his family".

UPDATE 2.40PM: The Morning Bulletin understands he is still in a critical condition.

UPDATE 1.20PM: The Morning Bulletin understands Mr Acton also has spinal injuries.

BREAKING: CENTRAL Queensland cattle baron Graeme Acton is in a critical condition in the intensive care unit at Royal Brisbane Hospital after reports a horse rolled on him on Friday.

It's believed he suffered serious head injuries while competing at the Clarke Creek campdraft, west of Marlborough, yesterday afternoon.

His family has travelled to Brisbane to be by his side.

It's believed the CQ Rescue Helicopter yesterday transported Mr Acton to Rockhampton Hospital where he was stabilised before the Royal Flying Doctor Service transferred him to Brisbane.

Graeme and his brother Evan run the $445-million family business that started four generations before them in Central Queensland.

More information to come.
 

Topics:  graeme acton royal brisbane hospital royal flying doctor service



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