How The Morning Bulletin reported Stephen Ward’s story.
How The Morning Bulletin reported Stephen Ward’s story.

Council honours Barrage rescue heroes

ON SEPTEMBER 4, Rockhampton Regional Council will unveil a plaque commemorating lives lost and saved in two boating accidents on the Fitzroy River Barrage.

In January, The Morning Bulletin reported on two rescues which took place on the partially-complete Fitzroy River Barrage in 1968, just five weeks apart.

In the first incident, fireman Rob Nebe rescued teenager Stephen Ward, while in the second, Bob Collins rescued Daniel Toohey.

Anthony Boyd Cook and Timothy Wickham died in the first incident, on September 4, and Allan Toohey died in the second on October 6.

Rockhampton Regional Mayor Margaret Strelow said she was "pleased that the issue was raised to community attention".

"We have to remember our history," she said.

"A marker will give comfort to the families left behind, but will also be a story for generations to come to learn from."



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