Brad Garard’s brother David (left), step-father John and mother Lesley Carlson with his father Glen Garard (right) release balloons near the site where he was killed on Sunday.
Brad Garard’s brother David (left), step-father John and mother Lesley Carlson with his father Glen Garard (right) release balloons near the site where he was killed on Sunday. Craig Warhurst

Mayor's 'careless comments'

GRIEVING mother Lesley Carlson was lost for words when she heard Mayor Ron Dyne’s “careless comments” about the intersection that claimed the life of her son last Sunday.

Mayor Ron Dyne said the Matilda service station turn-off was “no drama”, prompting Mrs Carlson to ask him to think again.

She said it was a “thoughtless” statement made by someone who should have known better.

“People often say bad things happen because good men do nothing,” she said yesterday.

“He says there’s no drama at the intersection. The trouble I have with that is, if it is no drama, why are there more crashes at that intersection than anywhere else in this region?

“I used to think that sometimes too when I would drive through it but when you think about it, there have been at least 10 fatalities at that particular intersection.”

Family and friends released white balloons near the crash site after 19-year-old Brad Garard’s funeral yesterday.

Their decision to gather on the side of the intersection adjacent to where Brad was killed was based on safety reasons and the group vowed to continue the fight to have the intersection made safer.

There was no anger towards the mayor, just disbelief and sadness over his dismissal of the role Matilda intersection played in Brad Garard’s death.

“If it’s just driver error, why aren’t there this many accidents at other intersections?” Mrs Carlson asked.

At yesterday’s balloon releasing ceremony she expressed her concern about Cr Dyne’s plan to speak with the Main Roads Minister about the intersection

“Just because he is the mayor doesn’t make me feel confident that he can represent the community on this.

“We’ve entrusted him to be our representative but his lack of insight and understanding of the facts in front of him tells us something different about the man we voted for.

“I pray with all my heart that when his family and friends are up on that road or near the intersection, they are kept safe from harm and he is spared from the absolute heartache that we are going to have live with for the rest of our lives.”

Gympie Times


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