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Family look for privacy after Steve Jones's passing

LATEST: THE family of Steve Jones have made a public statement following the death of the Lockyer Valley Mayor.

Cr Jones' daughter-in-law Stacey Ebert addressed the press, thanking the paramedics and staff of Brisbane's PA hospital and the Ipswich General for their support and care for Cr Jones, 54, over the past two days.

She spoke on behalf of Cr Jones' wife Ann, sons James, Dale and Brandon, their partners Ally and Ayla and granddaughter Avery.

"Steve suffered a severe brain bleed with paramedics and hospital staff in Ipswich and Brisbane doing all they could to save his life," Ms Ebert said.

Ms Ebert said at about 7pm on Friday night, doctors switched off the life support which was keeping Cr Jones alive after his collapse on Thursday, February 18.

"We also thank the many people who have sent messages of goodwill for Steve regarding this situation," Ms Ebert said.

Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale and Somerset Regional Council Mayor were some of the last people to spend time with Cr Jones on Thursday.

Cr Pisasale said Cr Jones made a real difference to his people.

"I never forget his efforts during the flood, he'd drive over floodwater to save people," Cr Pisasale said.

"He had his own unique style and it was an honour to know him as a friend.

"What I love about mayor Jones, he never let the bureaucracy get in the way of helping his people, and he was always there to speak his mind on the behalf of Lockyer."

Somerset Regional Council Mayor Graeme Lehmann said he was shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of Cr Steve Jones.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Ann and family at this very difficult time," Cr Lehmann said.

"Steve and I worked together for two decades so I know his loss will be felt throughout the Lockyer Valley when he worked tirelessly to represent his community."

LVRC is expected to make a statement about Steve at a press conference on Monday.

Steve Jone's daughter-in-law Stacey Ebert makes an announcement to the press at Gatton on Saturday, February 20, 2016 about Steve's passing. Photo Ali Kuchel / Gatton Star
Steve Jone's daughter-in-law Stacey Ebert makes an announcement to the press at Gatton on Saturday, February 20, 2016 about Steve's passing. Photo Ali Kuchel / Gatton Star Ali Kuchel

 

UPDATE: Toowoomba Mayor Paul Antonio has remembered Lockyer Valley Mayor Cr Steve Jones as a "strong advocate for his region".

"He was fearless in debate and had a great passion for his region," he said.

He said two weeks ago he had an interesting discussion with Cr Jones about the upcoming elections and the role they (as mayors) played in the community.

Cr Antonio said it was a moment he would always treasure.

He extended his sympathies to Cr Jones' family.

"The whole family is in our thoughts and prayers," he said.

 

Lockyer Valley Regional Council Mayor Steve Jones stands in Laidley CBD. The council will install CCTV after conducting a trial in the area in October. Photo: Claudia Baxter / The Queensland Times
Lockyer Valley Regional Council Mayor Steve Jones stands in Laidley CBD. The council will install CCTV after conducting a trial in the area in October. Photo: Claudia Baxter / The Queensland Times Claudia Baxter

UPDATE: The Mayors of South East Queensland have mourned the passing of their colleague and friend, Lockyer Valley Mayor Cr Steve Jones.

Council of Mayors chair Cr Graham Quirk acknowledged Mayor Jones' significant contribution to Local Government in SEQ, and his unwavering commitment to the communities of the Lockyer Valley.

"Steve was a colleague and a mate to the Mayors of SEQ, and we are devastated by the events of the last 48 hours. Our thoughts go out to his family, his Council and the residents of the Lockyer Valley," Cr Quirk said.

"Mayor Steve Jones was a straight shooter, honest and real, and never took a backwards step when it came to standing up for the needs of the Lockyer Valley and its residents.

"Steve was passionate and outspoken because he genuinely cared and worked everyday for the people of the Lockyer Valley. This was never more evident than in the aftermath of the 2011 floods when Steve led his local community through its darkest days.

"No one was a better ambassador for the bush and the interests of our rural communities than Steve. His contribution to the Council of Mayors (SEQ) will be greatly missed."

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk added: "I am saddened by the news of the death of Lockyer Valley Regional Council Mayor Steve Jones.
"Steve was one of our hardest working civic leaders.

"Steve led his community through the devastation of the 2011 floods and into recovery.

"He was an inspiration when Queensland was at its lowest. He lifted us all.

"My thoughts are with Steve's family, many friends and the people of the Lockyer Valley at this difficult time.

"Vale Steve Jones."

 

EARLIER: Lockyer Valley Mayor Steve Jones passed away last night.

It is understood his family made the difficult decision to turn off his life support machine.

Cr Jones's family will address the media this afternoon.

The QT was present on Thursday afternoon when the popular civic leader collapsed and was rushed to hospital.

Tributes have started pouring in from across the state, nation and on social media.

On QT Facebook Steve Clarke wrote: "RIP, mate. You did wonderful job out there... for those affected by the 2011 floods, mate the Locker Valley will never forget you."

Lynda Kajewski Donohue was also in agreement: RIP, Steve. Your contribution will be remembered for ever."

And Anthony Axford added: "My condolences and prayers to his family and friends. A great loss for the Lockyer region. I had the honour to work with Steve in 2011 and 2013. What a great humanitarian!"

 

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