Former Bowen councillor dies in tragic accident Shotgun discharges
TRIBUTES are pouring in for popular Bowen business i dentity Wayne Bidgood who was killed Wednesday when his shotgun went off while hunting near t he Elliot River north of Bowen.
The hardworking 54-yearold transport operator was climbing through a fence near the mouth of the Elliot River at Guthalungra when his single-barrel shotgun went off, killing him instantly.
Mr Bidgood was
widely respected for his work with organisations such as the St Mary’s Parish and for his time as a local councillor.
Detective Sergeant Mark Inmon of the Bowen CIB, said investigations into Mr Bidgood’s death were finalised yesterday.
He said police found Mr Bidgood had stopped his car at a boundary fence next to the gravel access road to the Elliot River fishing huts and set out on foot after a mob of pigs.
‘‘ We believe he alighted from the vehicle with a 12gauge shotgun and that while trying to get through a barbed wire fence he has made the mistake of putting the gun butt on a lower wire to help spread the wires so h e c o u l d g e t t h r o u g h . ‘‘ When he did this he had the gun pointing at him, it discharged and he suffered a fatal wound to the chest and died very quickly.
‘‘ This was a tragic accident that should never have happened.’’
Det Sgt Inmon said Mr Bidgood had never faltered when asked to do something for local organisations.
‘ ‘ You wouldn’t meet nicer bloke.
‘‘ He’d always help someone out. If someone needed a truck for some sort of event, he’d always provide one.
‘‘ He was involved in a lot of things with the community,’’ he said.
Mr Bidgood’s wife of 26 years, Raynee, said her husband had gone to the house they were renovating at the Elliot on Tuesday.
‘‘ We had a house we’d moved there and Wayne was renovating it. That’s what he was doing on Tuesday,’’ she said.
Mrs Bidgood said her husb a nd p honed t hei r s o n Clinton at 6am Wednesday to tell him he was leaving for Bowen and that he was going to try and shoot a pig t h a t h a d b e e n d i g g i n g around huts at the Elliot.
Mrs Bidgood said her hus- band had a forklift job scheduled for 7.30am on W e d n e s d a y a n d t h a t Clinton became concerned when he didn’t arrive.
Det Sgt Inmon said Mr Bidgood’s body was found that morning by visitors.
Mrs Bidgood said her husband had been starting to make plans for retirement.
Bowen businessman Paul Hillery said Mr Bidgood was a ‘‘ good bloke to do business with’’.
‘‘ There were never any dramas. He was always there to help you.’’
Mr Bidgood is survived by his wife Raynee and children Clinton, 24, Frank, 22, and Tamara, 21.