Comment: Not in our backyard please

TWO separate and unrelated police inquiries involving bodies, and body parts, found in two different forests in our region - Cedar Pocket and Toolara Forest - have kept Gympie in the headlines for all the wrong reasons.

Now, just after it had gone quiet for some time, a fourth man has been charged over the alleged murder of Shaun Barker, whose skull and other remains were found in Toolara Forest, near Cooloola Cove, in April last year.

It's the sort of stuff we're more used to seeing on television, in CSI or perhaps Sherlock Holmes, not for real and certainly not in our backyard.

The body in the Cedar Pocket case was found just metres off the main road, while the Toolara Forest remains were in an isolated area. Whatever the reasons for using our backyard as a dumping ground, I hope we don't see the likes of it again.

Gympie Times


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