Innes Larkin of Mt Barney Lodge Receives Queensland Police Service Award!

Keep The Scenic Rim Scenic (KTSRS) Spokesperson and owner of Mt Barney Lodge, Innes Larkin, has been presented with a Queensland Police Service Award.

The Medal Presentation Service took place at the Nerang Police Citizens Youth Club, Cayuga Street, Nerang on Tuesday 14th August 2012 from 9.45am.

In June 2011, an expedition to climb Mt Lindesay by a party of experienced bushwalkers ended in fatal tragedy when their leader accidentally slipped on the ascent, leaving four others stranded on the vertical rock face.

Mr Larkin was nominated by Andrew Zaal, the local Police Officer in charge of Rathdowney, who requested his assistance. Mr Larkin initially provided local knowledge of the climbing route and the mountain conditions.

As the vertical cliffs of Mt Lindsay were inaccessible to ground rescue teams, and the gusty wind conditions prevented direct helicopter access to the bushwalkers, Innes was asked by Police to actively assist so that the rescue could be concluded before nightfall. He was winched from a helicopter onto the summit of Mt Lindsay, and used his ACIA (Australian Climbing Instructors Association) Single Pitch Guide vertical rescue skills and experience, to abseil the bushwalkers to safety.

Innes Larkin said “It is nice for my actions to be acknowledged in this way, but there are everyday acts of bravery which go unnoticed which contribute to the fabric of our community. This just happens to be the circumstances that my unique skills were on show. The mountains with its cliffs and ropes are my comfortable Outdoor Leader environment as, to me, it is known and somewhat predictable.

In my role as KTSRS Spokesperson, talking to politicians, presenting at forums, and debating on a panel in front of 130 people with the Federal Tourism Minister to challenge perceptions about coal seam gas takes me greater effort and resolve.

What this shows me is that every person in the Scenic Rim who is taking a stance, who is having that courageous conversation with neighbours and friends, or is helping to survey for the “Coal and Coal Seam Gas-free Community” action, is being brave in their own way”.

For more information about Keep The Scenic Rim Scenic visit their website.

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