Popular young chef Angus Ferguson who was killed in a motorcycle accident 12 months ago.
Popular young chef Angus Ferguson who was killed in a motorcycle accident 12 months ago. Bobgould E

It's time to mourn, to legislate

FOR the past 12 months, Donna Ferguson has managed to avoid a flower-covered cross just 400 metres up the road from her Maroochydore home.

The cross on Duporth Ave marks the spot on the otherwise ordinary roadside where her son, Angus, 18 died in a motorcycle accident last year.

Mrs Ferguson has not previously felt the need to visit the scene.

But after scattering some of Angus' ashes in his favourite part of the Maroochy River, near the Boat Shed restaurant, last Sunday, she was ready to contemplate the journey on the anniversary of his death yesterday.

She said it did not feel like a year since the big strong 18-year-old had been laughing and talking with his family and friends.

"I can't explain what it's like. Sometimes it feels surreal that we're even in this position but it just seems like it's been the blink of an eye," Mrs Ferguson said.

"It doesn't even feel like he's been killed. It's like he's been on a long holiday and that he'll come back, because that's what he was like. He was always there."

Monthly get-togethers with Angus' friends at the Boat Shed restaurant where he worked as a chef have helped Mrs Ferguson and her husband, Craig, through the pain of losing their son.

Mrs Ferguson has also focused her energy on campaigning for changes to Queensland's motorcycle licensing laws.

She has been joined in her campaigning by Lorraine Connolly, who lost her son, Jason, 26, in a motorcycle accident.

The changes they propose include increasing the Q-ride course requirement for motorcycle licences from one to five days.

They also suggest that prospective motorcycle riders hold an open licence for at least six months before being eligible to apply for a motorcycle licence, and for motorcyclists to stay on learner plates for six months.

Mrs Ferguson said she had been heartened by state opposition leader Campbell Newman's commitment to reviewing motorcycle licensing laws if elected.

To sign an online petition calling for an overhaul of motorcycle licensing laws, go to www.parliament.qld.gov.au/en/work-of-assembly/petitions/e-petitions.



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