Memo­rial for two lost men

Pilbara News - - News - Anita Kirk­bright

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.

Pic­tures: Barry Carter

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.

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