TRAGIC LOSS: Alexander Stewart was killed in a quad bike accident in 2009.
TRAGIC LOSS: Alexander Stewart was killed in a quad bike accident in 2009.

Father welcomes quad bike law review after son's death

THE father of a teenage boy killed in a freak quad bike accident has called for bi-partisan support of safety legislation.

Neville Stewart's son Alexander was 16 when he died in an accident on the family's Oaklands Stud at Southbrook in June, 2009.

Alexander had been riding a quad bike with his brother on the property when it hit a bump and crashed into a fence.

He died at the scene and the accident sent shockwaves through the Toowoomba community.

Deputy State Coroner John Lock this week handed down his findings after a lengthy inquest into quad-bike related deaths, including 15 recommendations.

Among the recommendations was the State Government consider laws banning children under 16 years from using the bikes.

Mr Stewart welcomed the coroner's recommendations, particularly those that went some way to increasing the safe use of quad bikes.

"Any safety measures that have come down are in the best interest of the community, as long as it is measured," he said.

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"My view on it is simply that the State Government and members of parliament are there to enact policy and put through legislation to protect the people of Queensland.

"If the legislation is worthy, there should be bi-partisan support for it."

The coronial inquest examined the circumstances of nine quad bike related deaths in Queensland including that of an 11-year-old boy on a rural property near Toowoomba in 2012.

While the recent inquest did not draw on the tragic circumstances around Alexander's death in 2009, Mr Stewart said the recommendations were "never too late".

"Any action taken to prevent possible deaths is never too late," he said.

"Even though this report was handed down (Monday), I'm sure there will be another report in five years or 10 years.

"I'm sure all voters in Queensland, when it comes to safety of both children and general safety, will welcome it."


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