Town mourns after grazier dies

THE Gin Gin community is in mourning following the death of well-known cattle farmer Colin Lavaring.

Mr Lavaring, of New Moonta, had been on life support in the Royal Brisbane Hospital since suffering serious head injuries during an alleged assault on Christmas Eve, and died about 12.30am yesterday.

Mr Lavaring’s wife, Pat, and other family members were too distraught to speak about the cattle farmer’s death when contacted by the NewsMail yesterday.

But other community members spoke of a passionate, kind and caring man who had strong family ties to the region.

Tears welled in Gin Gin resident Wendy Warren’s eyes when she heard the 66-year-old man she had known since she was a child had died.

“He was very helpful to us,” she said.

“Anything we wanted he did for us.”

Mrs Warren said she leased a paddock near town from the farmer and that her son was taught at Gin Gin State School by Mr Lavaring’s wife.

The cattle farmer’s family had worked their Goyan Road property for generations and relative Judith Manderson said Mr Lavaring was proud of his family’s history in the area.

“Col was always on the land, he was always working on the farm,” Mrs Manderson said.

Fellow Gin Gin resident Janell Skillington, who also leased land from Mr Lavaring for her horses, said he was a typical country gentleman.

“He was very laid back,” she said.

A 50-year-old Boolboonda man was charged with grievous bodily harm following the alleged incident but may now face a more serious charge.

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