Memorial for two lost men
The Kalbarri community has demonstrated lasting affection for two men who were lost at sea last year by building a memorial on the Kalbarri foreshore.
Former fisherman and Kalbarri resident Barry Carter said the shelter and stone memorial constructed at Jacques Point in memory of his son, Mason Carter, 26, and his mate Chad Fairley, 30, meant a lot to him.
The 90sqm facility, which overlooks the famous reef break where the men often surfed together, was built and funded by the local community with support from businesses and the Shire of Northampton.
“I really appreciate the help and support of all the people and businesses that donated time, money and products to make this memorial possible,” Mr Carter said.
“Mason grew up here, he was a very good surfer. We haven’t got a body or gravesite or anything, so this is a place where I can be with him and that means a fair bit.
“And all the local guys built it, his young friends. It wasn’t built with tools alone, it was built from the heart.”
Mr Carter and Mr Fairley were presumed to have perished when the fishing trawler they worked on with Murray Turner, 57, sank during a 10-day prawn fishing trip, at Point Samson, east of Karratha, in July 2015.
The body of Mr Turner was later recovered with the sunken vessel at Nickol Bay, but Mr Carter and Mr Fairley have not been found.
Last week, members of Kalbarri Boardriders Association and members of the Northern Agricultural Catchments Council’s coastal and marine program team re-vegetated the dunes around the memorial shelter. More than 25 volunteers planted 200 coastal native plants under NACC’s Quick Step grant program.
NACC coastal and marine project officer, Vanessa McGuiness, said it was fantastic to see so many people help to re-vegetate the site, which is highly valued in the community.
The memorial shelter and plaque were unveiled on Sunday.
A memorial stone and shelter overlooking Kalbarri's Jacques Point honour the memory of Mason Carter and Chad Fairley.
Volunteers re-vegetate the dunes around the memorial stone.