Rescue crews search for a missing person in Aqua Lake in bushland in Collingwood Park.
Rescue crews search for a missing person in Aqua Lake in bushland in Collingwood Park. David Nielsen

Aqua Lake site is not under control of local YUPI group

ON BEHALF of the of the Ipswich community organisation YUPI group Inc - which includes Challenge Employment and Training - I would like to clarified my organisation's responsibilities with regards to the Aqua Lake, site of the recent tragic death of Duncan Wilmott.

Myself and my organisation are devastated over the recent tragedy that occurred on the neighbouring property to that owned by YUPI group, and share the same concerns about safety as Mr Wilmott does.

In regards to comments made in this week's Queensland Times video, in which Mr Lindner and his organisation were mistakenly identified as being responsible for fencing, signage and other safety measures in regards to Aqua Lake.

It is a distressing time for Duncan's family and we send our condolences.

We emphasis that we are committed to improved measures, particularly safety when it comes to how we manage the YUPI site.

I would like to emphasise that my organisation was not responsible for the neighbouring site where the tragedy occurred and I am concerned at how the QT's stories have failed to depict accurately that my comments where in regard to the YUPI property only.

YUPI has spent up to $2000 per month fixing fences and patrolling its own grounds, however, raising awareness for the dangers of swimming in these decommissioned mines has been a continuing though worthwhile struggle especially during school holidays.

I will be writing to Mr Wilmott and his family to again express our sincere condolences at this terrible time.

RICHARD LINDNER, CEO YUPI Group Inc

 

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