Res­i­dents will rally to­gether

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

MOUNT ISA Mayor Tony McGrady be­lieves his tightknit com­mu­nity will rally to­gether in the wake of an unimag­in­able tragedy.

Char­lie Hin­der, 39, and his chil­dren, be­lieved to be Ny­obi, 7, and River, 4, were killed in a car­a­van ex­plo­sion that shook the en­tire town yesterday.

Cr McGrady rushed back from a State Gov­ern­ment plan­ning sum­mit in Bris­bane yesterday to sup­port the com­mu­nity dur­ing this “ter­ri­ble, ter­ri­ble time”.

“My com­mu­nity are a closeknit com­mu­nity; we will rally and do all we can to as­sist.”

Cr McGrady said the deaths would hit the north­west Queens­land town of 23,000 res­i­dents hard.

“These things hap­pen in big cities, to some ex­tent they’re anony­mous,” he said.

“But when they hap­pen in small com­mu­ni­ties such as ours it’s all the more hurt­ful.”

Cr McGrady said to the fam­i­lies of those af­fected, “on be­half of my city, I send our deep con­do­lences to them and we all stand ready to do what we can to as­sist in this ter­ri­ble, ter­ri­ble time”.

Mount Isa MP Rob Kat­ter was in the town yesterday and said the site of the ex­plo­sion was a “con­fronting scene” that would re­main in the minds of the com­mu­nity for some time to come.

“Any loss of life is a tragedy, but the na­ture of this one, an ex­plo­sion in subur­bia, ev­ery­one is rat­tled by it,” he said.

Mount Isa Mayor Tony McGrady.

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