Toyah group keeps grow­ing

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Mark Mur­ray

WHAT started as a trib­ute has turned into a move­ment.

A group ded­i­cated to find­ing jus­tice for slain 24-year-old Toyah Cord­ing­ley is clos­ing in on 13,000 mem­bers and is prov­ing a pow­er­ful tool in the search for in­for­ma­tion into her death.

The Honour Toyah Face­book page has just se­cured sig­nage in­side the Clifton Vil­lage and Cairns Cen­tral Shop­ping cen­tres, while a bill­board with cus­tom art­work will soon be erected near Bar­ron River on the Cap­tain Cook High­way.

“It’s ex­cit­ing (the grow­ing support), but it’s also a pretty grim sit­u­a­tion that we are go­ing into seven weeks and we haven’t got an ar­rest,” founder Bron­wyn Farr told the

“We are de­ter­mined this will not be­come yes­ter­day’s news. We don’t want it to be­come a cold case that peo­ple talk about and won­der what hap­pened.

“It’s quite chal­leng­ing do­ing what we’re do­ing.” It comes as

re­vealed po­lice are look­ing for a former In­n­is­fail nurse and mar­ried fa­ther-of-three as a per­son of in­ter­est in the un­solved murder. The In­dian na­tional has not been seen af­ter book­ing a flight out of Aus­tralia af­ter a trip to Cairns on the same day Ms Cord­ing­ley was mur­dered. Her body was found at Wangetti Beach, 25km south of Port Dou­glas.

De­spite the claim, po­lice have called for calm and say they are still look­ing at sev­eral pos­si­ble sus­pects. The rev­e­la­tion also prompted a cau­tion by Honour Toyah group mod­er­a­tors to its 12,800 mem­bers to re­frain from “thought­less spec­u­la­tive posts” that could com­pro­mise le­gal pro­ceed­ings.

This in­cluded “any abuse, ac­cu­sa­tions or threats to­wards the ac­cused”.

“Let’s be aware this will be an im­mensely chal­leng­ing time for Toyah’s fam­ily and friends,” it read.

Speak­ing be­fore the de­vel­op­ment in the case, Ms Farr said the group’s page was a positive space for peo­ple to ‘ex­press their feel­ings that hasn’t turned neg­a­tive or dark”.

She said the cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing Ms Cord­ing­ley’s death had dam­aged the per­cep­tion of the Dou­glas shire com­mu­nity.

“What hap­pened is not who we are. It’s so for­eign to the lifestyle we all live,” she said.

The Honour Toyah group, which has the back­ing of Ms Cord­ing­ley’s fam­ily, is ex­pected to meet with Queens­land Po­lice Me­dia to dis­cuss po­ten­tial fundrais­ing and other initiatives.

Pic­ture: ALI­CIA NALLY

Kirsty Diamond with Bron­wyn Farr at an event on Wangetti Beach, or­gan­ised by Ms Farr, to keep the news of Toyah Cord­ing­ley's bru­tal murder on Oc­to­ber 21 in the pub­lic eye.

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