Farewell for Willow at Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame
A TODDLER who tragically drowned at her family's iconic outback Queensland property will be farewelled at a funeral at the Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame in Longreach this week.
Two-year old Willow Walker was remembered by relatives yesterday as the little girl whose fun spirit lit up the lives of everyone she met.
"There is nothing that can be said, done and felt to unfold what has happened this week to our beautifully colourful and bubbly girl Willow," her uncle, James Walker, told The Sunday Mail.
"Her smiles, giggles and sass that filled our last two years, filled this week and we can't see them ever going away."
Willow, the daughter of Daniel and Brooke Walker and younger sibling to brother Harley, died on Monday after falling into a water tank at Camden Park Station, near Longreach.
Her father, known as Outback Dan, is a fifth generation farmer who turned the cattle and sheep station into a tourist destination in response to a lengthy and crippling drought.
He is the grandson of Sir James Walker, who served as mayor of Longreach for 35 years and was one of the founders of the Stockman's Hall of Fame.
The Queen and Prince Philip visited the station in a Rolls Royce in 1970 and Sir James was knighted for his services to the town two years later.
Last year the family launched the Outback Yacht Club on the property, more than 700km from the nearest coastline. Using water from an artesian spring and bore, it is promoted as "the world's most unique yacht club".
Longreach Regional Council mayor Ed Warren said the tragedy had struck a "terrific family" and the community was doing what it could to support them.
Hundreds of tributes and messages of condolence have been posted online by friends.
"Sending our love to Brooke, Daniel and Harley. Such a beautiful little daughter and loving sister. Taken far too soon," wrote Robyn Butt.
Longreach's Kayla Smith wrote: "Our love and prayers are with your entire family."
Family, friends and loved ones were invited to Willow's funeral, where the service would be tailored to match her personality, her uncle said.
The service would be held at a bush chapel located on land Sir James donated to the hall of fame.
"We would like everyone to share the love of Willow in Longreach this Thursday the 3rd of August at 3:30 at the Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame, where we will be outside and colourful," Mr Walker said.