Art tribute to backpacker
THE man who led the investigation into the murder of Caroline Stuttle is hoping a new tribute to the backpacker will cast a positive light on a life that ended tragically.
David Batt, who was a full-time police officer at the time of the murder, is using his new position as Bundaberg Regional Councillor to spread the message about Caroline's Rainbow Foundation.
"We are planning to build a mosaic and put it in Buss Park, where a lot of backpackers are currently taking advantage of the wireless internet," Cr Batt said.
The foundation was set up by Ms Stuttle's family after the British backpacker was killed while crossing Burnett Traffic Bridge in 2002.
Her mother, Marjorie Marks-Stuttle, had a mosaic laid in the 19-year-old's hometown of York to raise awareness about the foundation, which aims to encourage safe travel for tourists.
"The mosaic will have the address to her website, which has all the information about tourist safety," Cr Batt said.
"Through the investigation I became quite close with the family and the cause of this foundation.
"This is just another way our city can support it."
In the wake of her daughter's death Mrs Marks-Stuttle, her husband David Marks and Caroline's brother Richard Stuttle set up Caroline's Rainbow Foundation.
The organisation produced a DVD called Time of Your Life and works with the government and other organisations to spread information about safe travelling.
Caroline's brother Richard, an artist, designed the original mosaic in York.
Mayor Lorraine Pyefinch said the mosaic was a reminder of one of the most painful events in the city's recent history.
"The whole community was deeply affected by the event," Cr Pyefinch said.
"I know I was affected as a mother of two young adults who will probably go travelling one day.
"I know Caroline's family really want her memory to be positive and this is certainly a way to perpetuate that."
Council is seeking a talented artist to create the mosaic.
For more information, go to www.carolinesrainbowfoundation.org.
To find out more about the project contact Andrew Gill at Bundaberg Region Art Gallery.