Jordan Page (front far right) with Burnett Heads United representatives and fellow Shalom College students, taken earlier this year.
Jordan Page (front far right) with Burnett Heads United representatives and fellow Shalom College students, taken earlier this year.

Tributes flow for a life cut short

BUNDABERG teenager Jordan Page was set for a bright future after graduating from high school last month.

But all that changed on Sunday when his Holden ute slammed into a tree on Three Chain Rd, leaving him dead and an entire community mourning his loss.

Tributes have flowed for the 17-year-old, a keen go-karting competitor who friends say was never without a smile or a kind word.

Nicholas Malcolm, 18, who was Jordan's neighbour and shared the same school bus, said not a bad word could be said about his friend.

"He was known by everyone," he said.

"He was a very happy person and he was always smiling - he got on with everyone."

Jordan, who got his licence only three weeks ago, was just a minute from home when the crash happened, leaving behind family including a brother and sister.

"If you're young and you have friends who speed, please tell them to stop," Nicholas said.

"I lost a best friend and I send all my love to his family."

The teenager had only just graduated from Shalom College and spent Schoolies with friends on Fraser Island, and principal Dan McMahon said his loss had "shattered" the school community.

"He was a very lovely young man," Mr McMahon said.

"He was one of those students who was hard to dislike.

"He was quiet and unassuming."

Mr McMahon said Jordan was always ready to lend a helping hand, going to the Solomon Islands earlier this year to help refurbish a hospital.

"He loved it," Mr McMahon said.

"He was a real giver in that regard.

"This is every parent's worst nightmare - it's a terribly tragedy for him, his family and everyone who knew him."

Mr McMahon said Jordan had done subjects at school that would equip him to study a trade.

"He was just opening the next chapter in his life," he said.

Shalom school captain Ben Lanskey said Jordan's death had shocked and saddened his classmates.

"He was a really nice kid," Ben said.

"He was quiet but always willing for a chat.

"It's really just an overwhelming feeling of shock at the moment. I think the grade will get together and help each other through it - everyone was really close mates."

Bundaberg Kart Club member Ken Landt said Jordan was a very talented kart driver who had represented the club at state level several times.

"It's upset everyone," Mr Landt said.

"He was a happy, easy-going sort of kid from a nice family."

Bundaberg Police Inspector Kev Guteridge said while investigations were still ongoing, it appeared speed and inattention may have played a role in the smash.

"There is nothing to suggest the road or weather conditions played a role," Insp Guteridge said.

"The vehicle will be subjected to mechanical inspections and a report will be prepared for the coroner."

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