News

Tweed farewells Bob Counter

The funeral of Bob Counter at Melaleuca.
The funeral of Bob Counter at Melaleuca. John Gass

ABOUT 200 people, including the 28 members of the Tweed Coast Rescue Squad, farewelled one of their own at Melaleuca Station Memorial Gardens today.

Bob Counter, a founding member of the squad, died last Thursday after a two-month battle with a mystery illness.

The squad was there in force to honour a man whose tireless efforts helped to build the rescue service from where it was in 1972 to now.

Squad captain John Gracie said that his "mate" was a statesman.

"When it came to Tweed rescue Bob had a knack," Mr Gracie said.

"He hand-selected us and he trained us."

Mr Gracie said Mr Counter helped the rescue squad move on from operating from a box trailer in the 1970s into a squad with its own building, four vehicles and $250,000 worth of equipment.

Mr Counter's son Mark gave mourners a taste of the family's life at home.

"He would come home and tell mum he was off visiting his girlfriends," Mark said.

"It was only when I was older that I learnt why mum didn't get upset.

"He would visit and sit with the 80-year-old widows for tea and a chat."

Mark said his father never brought the troubles of being a rescue squad member home.

"I hoped he talked to my mother or the guys from the rescue squad because he never burdened us with his troubles.

"Goodbye Dad. You touched us all in your own unique way."



Australia's Angels of rock continue to roll

The Angels' Sam, Rick and John Brewster, Dave Gleeson and Nick Norton.

"We've been lucky to write songs that stand the test of time”

Tweed Heads Seagulls hatch five year master plan

An artist's impression of how a revamped Piggabeen Sports Complex could potentially look under Tweed Heads Seagulls Rugby League Club's masterplan.

"We want to invest in Piggabeen to get to the next level”

Doctors say new clinical plan is vital for Tweed Hospital

HEALTHY DISCUSSION: Dr Robert Davies, Dr Sarah Limbourn, Dr Mike Lindley-Jones and Dr Alasdair Arthur outside the Tweed Hospital earlier this year.

Medical staff call for urgent update to Tweed Clinical Services Plan

Local Partners