Danny McGuire speaks outside Brisbane Coroners Court after flood inquiry findings into the death of his wife Llync-Chainn, daughter Jocelyn and son Garry.
Danny McGuire speaks outside Brisbane Coroners Court after flood inquiry findings into the death of his wife Llync-Chainn, daughter Jocelyn and son Garry. Rae Wilson

Families unhappy with findings

TWO families have called on the new State Government to hold a fresh judicial review after they were left dissatisfied with the coroner's findings on Tuesday.

The two husbands and fathers, who lost wives and children in flash flooding in Toowoomba and Grantham on January 10 last year, believe people should be held accountable.

But a spokeswoman for the Attorney-General said a full coronial inquest had been held and "the Newman Government has no plans to hold another judicial inquiry".

>>See the full findings of the inquest

Coroner Michael Barnes was restricted in his findings because his inquest coincided with a Commission of Inquiry into the floods.

John Tyson, who lost his partner Donna Rice and son Jordan, said while he was pleased the coroner had now given a "true and correct" version of his family's deaths, there should have been more recommendations.

"The only way to go is for a full judicial inquiry where people are held accountable," Mr Tyson said.

"It's not about looking for a scapegoat; it's about trying to correct the problems and look forward to the future as far as disaster management goes.

"It's all about preventative measures for the future."

Danny McGuire, who lost his wife Llync-Chainn, son Garry and daughter Jocelyn at Grantham, said he wanted people to be held accountable.

Mr McGuire said he believed the coroner still had times wrong and the fire service, who he believed was withholding information, had escaped "scot free".

He said there should be a new judicial inquiry to help him and other families get closure.

"I want a new inquiry, that's the main thing, but for me and the other families, closure," he said.

"I won't let it go."

Conversely, Colleen Engel found the process "helpful" in the grieving process for her brother, Ipswich man Robert Bromage, who died when his car was swept off a roadway at Karrabin.

She said her family had built close relationships with the people involved in the inquiry which she believed had been thorough.

"We don't really know the (whole) story and we never will about our brother," she said.

"I think it does bring a certain amount of closure.

"We still, as a family, have lots of questions and queries but we'll never know the answers to those."

>>See the full findings of the inquest



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