Tuesday, August 23, 2011

A Good Journalist Gone

Journalist Paul Lockyer was killed in a helicopter crash near Lake Eyre on Thursday 18 August 2011. Also killed in the crash were pilot Gary Ticehurst and cameraman John Bean.

Paul presented the excellent serial coverage on our televisions (on the ABC news) of the 2009-10 and 2010-11 floodings of Lake Eyre and surrounds.  With quality camerawork from John Bean, their coverage inspired awe in the viewer about the central Australian landscape and its climate.

Paul covered many international stories over his 40 year career and recently covered the devasting Grantham floods in Queensland (the so-called ''inland tsunami'') in early 2011.

In an industry burdened by cheap sensationalists, Paul Lockyer stood well above the pack in terms of the quality of his work, his choice of topics and his attention to the things that really mattered.

The trio's high regard across the community, especially that for Paul Lockyer, is reflected in the tributes to him following his passing, including that of Prime Minister Julia Gillard in Parliament.

A tragic loss.

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