Town mourns ‘ great bloke’ Clon­curry in trib­ute to fam­ily man

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - CHRIS MCMA­HON chris. mcma­hon@ news. com. au

THE small northwest Queens­land com­mu­nity of Clon­curry is in mourn­ing fol­low­ing the death of well- known he­li­copter pilot Brent Acton.

The 40- year- old fa­ther of two was killed when the Robin­son R22 he­li­copter he was fly­ing crashed on La­nark Prop­erty, about 20km north of Clon­curry, on Wed­nes­day.

It’s un­der­stood Mr Acton was fly­ing to an­other prop­erty to muster when, for rea­sons still be­ing in­ves­ti­gated, the chop­per crashed and burst into flames, killing him in­stantly.

Mr Acton, re­lated to the Acton Su­per Beef fam­ily dy­nasty, has been re­mem­bered as a beloved mem­ber of the Clon­curry com­mu­nity. He will be hon­oured this week­end at the Curry Merry Muster Fes­ti­val.

“We’d like to take a mo­ment and ac­knowl­edge Brent. He was a large part of this com­mu­nity,” fes­ti­val pres­i­dent Janessa Bid­good said.

“The Curry Merry Muster wouldn’t feel right go­ing on with our cel­e­bra­tions with­out tak­ing a mo­ment to ac­knowl­edge Brent and what a large part of Clon­curry the Acton fam­ily is.”

Clon­curry Mayor Greg Camp­bell said Mr Acton was a ded­i­cated fam­ily man and de­voted to his wife Shona and sons Ned and Robert.

“He was also a great pilot, know­ing that first hand from fly­ing with him many times. Over­all, he was just a bloody good bloke,” Cr Camp­bell said.

“I am sure I can speak for the Clon­curry com­mu­nity ( and) graz­ing and avi­a­tion in­dus­tries when I say Brent is go­ing to be greatly missed and his fam­ily will be sup­ported in what­ever ways are needed.

“I would like to thank the po­lice ( and) fire ( ser­vices), Er­gon and SES for their pro­fes­sion­al­ism as most of these peo­ple were friends with Brent. Our sup­port and thoughts ex­tend to the team at Clon­curry Mus­ter­ing Com­pany.

“At this time, I would ask that peo­ple re­spect the fam­ily’s right to grieve to­gether pri­vately and we con­tinue with our thoughts, prayers and have our sup­port ready when the fam­ily needs it.”

Mount Isa MP Rob­bie Kat­ter said Mr Acton’s loss would be felt through­out the re­gion.

“He was a very hard work­ing fam­ily man in Clon­curry, a per­son you’d never hear a bad word against,” Mr Kat­ter said.

“One of those blokes that worked hard in the back­ground and a good fam­ily and com­mu­nity man.

“He will be sadly missed in Clon­curry.”

Brent Acton with wife Shona.

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