Tributes flow for Salmon
WELL-known Kingscliff identity Neville Salmon was yesterday in an induced coma following a serious accident on the Pacific Highway earlier this week.
The treasurer of both the Kingscliff RSL sub-branch and the Kingscliff Chamber of Commerce suffered serious head injuries while cycling northbound, just south of Barneys Point Bridge at Chinderah when he was struck from behind by a B-double truck about 5.35am on Wednesday.
The 65-year-old is now in Gold Coast Hospital in a serious, but stable condition.
Kingscliff RSL sub-branch vice-president Brian Vickery said he had been friends with the family for years and felt greatly for them.
“Nev's a valued member of the RSL. We were devastated to hear what had happened to him.
“When we first heard there was an accident we had no idea it was him. It was a real shock when we found out.”
Mr Salmon has been the sub-branch's treasurer for the past four years.
“That's the regard people hold him in. He is very mature, well spoken and knowledgeable. He's always ready to offer good advice,” Mr Vickery said.
“He's a good bloke.”
Kingscliff Chamber of Commerce secretary Natascha Hodge said Mr Salmon was well known.
“He has lived here for a long time and is well liked in the community,” Ms Hodge said.
Friend and engineer Richard Harry said Mr Salmon had worked for him as a structural draftsman over the past 12 years.
“Nev has been overseas recently and had only returned in the past few months,” Mr Harry said.
“He's a terrific bloke and is very well known throughout Kingscliff.”
No charges have yet been laid against the B-double driver. Investigations are ongoing.