New bushwalk to preserve loving memory of Toyah Cordingley

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NEVER GIVE UP: A new walking track is being dedicated to the memory of Toyah Cordingley and her love of animals. Image: Supplied.
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A Far North family is dedicating half their property to a bushwalk in honour of Wangetti woman, Toyah Cordingley.

The owners of K9 River Retreat dog boarding kennels in Kuranda have sectioned off 50 acres of land near the Barron River for a permanent walking track.

The area will allow the community a space to peacefully walk their dogs, or walk by themselves, and enjoy the natural wonder of the region in safety and without fear.


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The walk will include signage, memorials to Ms Cordingley, and safety features such as fencing and some security cameras.

Owner of K9 River Retreat, Petra Lovey, said the track, named “Toyah’s Walk”, was a way to provide a safe space while honoring the young woman in a fitting way.

“Toyah worked for us at K9 River Retreat last year and we absolutely adore her,” Ms Lovey said.

“She was the most beautiful person, inside and out, that I have ever had the pleasure of knowing.

“We want to keep Toyah’s memory alive and to give our most vulnerable citizens place to safely walk their dogs.” 

Ms Cordingley’s love for animals is well known, having worked with animal refuge Paws and Claws in Douglas Shire, she also worked with K9, walking the dogs and helping at the kennels.

The walking track has been constructed by the Lovey family with Ms Lovey’s husband Chris and son Jesse working tirelessly to create the space.

“We have one kilometre of Barron river frontage with sandy beach we are completely sectioning off for part of the walk,” Ms Lovey said.

“K9 Retreat will be completely separate from the walk so people can bring their pooches and not worry about the dogs at the kennel.”

Ms Lovey said the security features of the walk are bolstered by the proximity of the track to the kennels and the rest of the Lovey’s property.

“We live very close to there and we live and work on the property so one of us is always there,” she said.

The walk has been made possible by a community effort with other businesses donating time a resources to the project. 

“There will be a huge memorial made by Inspired Signs which is just beautiful, they have done the best job,” Ms Lovey said.

“My husband Chris has hand inscribed a slab of timber with “Toyah’s Walk” to mark the track which was cut from a tree that was lying on the walk.

“Even our clients from the kennel have pitched in to help make this a reality.”

Ms Lovey echoed the spirit of the entire Far North community in saying the Lovery family will never give up hope for justice for Ms Cordingley and her family.

“Her soul was angelic; there is no other way to describe this girl,” she said.

It has been 12 weeks since Ms Cordingley, 24, was found murdered on Wangetti Beach on Sunday, 21 October 2018.

It has been six weeks since police released an official update regarding the investigation into hear death.

The community has rallied to help police since her death with bumper stickers, billboards, banners and more calling on anyone with information to contact police.

“Toyah’s Walk” will be officially opened on Sunday, 3 February, weather permitting, with a community free dog walking event.

Access to the walk is from Armstong Road, Kuranda. RSVP to the opening event on Facebook.

 

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