THE Magistrate overseeing the Coronial inquest into the death of four-year-old Nelani Koefer at Bedford Weir has handed down four recommendations today.
The report was released this morning after a three-day inquest in Rockhampton in December.
LISTEN: Amy Koefer, Nelani's mum, reacts to the recommendations of the inquest:
Other recommendations include:
Sunwater investigate and implement if appropriate, steel gates of an appropriate design for use on the Bedford weir;
Sunwater engage with the Crown, and if appropriate the Local Government Association of Queensland, to establish an Agreement38 to allow the placement of warning signs in appropriate areas downstream of the weirs and dams that they operate; and
- Sunwater install and maintain, appropriate signage to warn people of the risks that exist in conducting any activities in areas below the walls of dams and weirs that they operate. Placement of signage will depend on the topography and configuration at each location, but signage should be placed where they are readily seen by members of the public. No doubt the signs shall also include pictograms39 warning of these dangers.
On October 13, 2015 it was reported that Nelani's mother Amy (pictured) had travelled from her Gladstone home to attend the inquest.