Statement from Member for Cairns Gavin King

As the father of two young children in Cairns, I am struggling to summon the words to express the shock and horror of the tragedy that has occurred in Manoora.
Our community’s children are our most precious treasures and it is so difficult to come to terms with what has happened on a street I have visited so many times among residents I have so often spoken with.
Counselling and support services are being marshalled for extended family, friends and nearby residents and I can only ask that we allow the police to do their work and carry out the appropriate investigations.
I extend my very deepest thoughts and prayers to all family and friends affected, and to those police, ambulance, hospital and emergency services workers dealing with this tragedy.
I urge anyone feeling distressed or needing to talk to someone to speak to a friend or family member, or Lifeline on 13 11 14.