Flood victims' family wants permanent memorial

Jordan and Donna Rice died in the 2011 flooding of Toowoomba.
Jordan and Donna Rice died in the 2011 flooding of Toowoomba. Contributed

THEIR tragic deaths made headlines around the world.

Jordan and Donna Rice were swept to their deaths during flooding in Toowoomba in 2011.

A makeshift memorial on James St marks the spot where they died, but it is withering away and has attracted criticism from both residents and relatives of the duo who are calling for a more permanent marker.

During the confusion that followed the flooding, promises were made but were not seen through, according to Jordan's father John Tyson.

He said politicians promised a permanent memorial that would honour the duo and that a nearby, and currently unnamed park, would be renamed Jordan Rice Park.

 

 

Adding fuel to the fire, Toowoomba region resident Helen Fitch has called for the "garbage" adorning the poles to be taken down. She said the flag was shredded and called for a monument to be built.

Mr Tyson said a sculptor had offered to donate a statue honouring his son, who has since been posthumously conferred with a bravery award for sacrificing his life to save his little brother Blake.

The memorial in James St. Photo Contributed
The memorial in James St. Photo Contributed Contributed

"My child's death was on the front page of every paper in the globe, from Italy to India - for months," he said.

"You could do a lot worse than have someone like that to gauge yourself against and remember what your life is worth, what you should do with it and how to treat other people."

Under the council's current policy, there is nothing to stop the park being named after Jordan, but it appears a formal application was never made.

Cr Geoff McDonald said the council was preparing to examine its policy regarding the naming of parks and streets.

He said if a proposal was bought to council it would be assessed by officers.


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