House painter dies in tragic fall
WELL known Yeppoon house painter Peter Murray died in hospital yesterday after falling six meters from trestles at Cooee Bay.
He was painting a house in Maida St when the tragedy happened around 2pm.
Ambulance officers said after Mr Murray fell, the scaffolding collapsed on top of him.
They said he received critical head injuries.
He was rushed to Yeppoon Hospital but died shortly afterwards.
The 53-year-old was a popular coast resident who was involved in community groups such as the Shoalwater Wilderness Awareness Group (SWAG), the Keppel Coast Arts Council and an heavily involved in organising the Village Festival for many years.
President of the Keppel Coast Arts Council Leanne Smith said it was a sad day for the community.
"He was very passionate and hard-working and he would always come through on his promises," Leanne said yesterday.
"He was a valued member of our committee and he really enjoyed being part of the community, he got a lot of satisfaction out of it."
Mr Murray ran against Bill Ludwig in the 2008 Rockhampton Regional Council election for Division 3.
He ran second behind Councillor Ludwig with 1,533 votes.
Councillor Ludwig said it was a big shock for the Coast community.
"It certainly is a shock and my condolences go out to Peter's family," Cr Ludwig said.
"I know he's had a lot of contribution into the community especially with environmental issues but it's a terrible thing."