HERO’S HEARTACHE: Ray Cole, who rescued a drowning kangaroo from the swollen Bremer River at the One Mile bridge during the floods, has moved to Jimboomba after his Ipswich home was broken into and trashed. Photo: Nick DeVilliers KANG21A
HERO’S HEARTACHE: Ray Cole, who rescued a drowning kangaroo from the swollen Bremer River at the One Mile bridge during the floods, has moved to Jimboomba after his Ipswich home was broken into and trashed. Photo: Nick DeVilliers KANG21A

Hero to leave city after break-in

AN Ipswich man whose home was trashed while he was in Melbourne receiving an award for bravery has decided to move out of the city.

Father-of-five and truck driver Ray Cole became an international hero when photos of him rescuing a young kangaroo from raging floodwater at One Mile made headlines across the world.

On Australia Day, Mr Cole was flown to Melbourne to receive recognition from the Australian Wildlife Protection Council (AWPC) and spent two days with friends and his mother, who he hadn’t seen in 12 years.

After returning to Ipswich last Friday after “one of the best experiences” of his life, Mr Cole’s happiness quickly vanished.

His West Ipswich home had been broken into, sentimental items stolen, collectables destroyed and his kitchen floor defecated on.

He said he was so disheartened with the sickening act that he could no longer live in the city.

“These people are low-life scum and they’re not good enough to say they come from Ipswich. “They are not even Australian in my eyes. I’ve loved this town, but I have to go,” he said.

“At the end of the day they will all cop their karma, I’m sure of it.”

Mr Cole moved his family to Jimboomba during the week.

Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale has put up a $4000 reward to the person who finds the culprits.

“This is a disgusting act,” Cr Pisasale said.

“These sorts of people break my heart. They aren’t even human.

“They are morons. No wonder people want to use them as flood markers. I can’t think of anything else they’d be good for in the community.”

The wildlife council’s Philip Woolley said Mr Cole had been hailed internationally as “a saviour of wildlife”.

AWPC president Maryland Wilson said an Australia Day accolade for bravery was the highest honour the organisation could give.

She said it also acknowledged all the wildlife and animal rescuers who put their own lives on hold, and at times at risk, to save wildlife.



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