Toyah Cordingley memorial to be unveiled at Wangetti Beach

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Toyah Cordingley will be remembered with a service and permanent memorial at Wangetti Beach to be unveiled later this month.
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A memorial monument for Toyah Cordingley will be unveiled at Wangetti Beach on Saturday 19 October, almost a year after she was killed.

Ms Cordingley’s life was tragically cut short in October last year while she was walking her dog on the remote Far North Queensland beach.

Police say investigations into her murder are ongoing and while there are some key people of interest in the case, no arrests have been made to date.


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Friend of Toyah’s family, Wayne ‘Prong’ Trimble, said the memorial will be a celebration of the young woman’s life.

“The monument is something along the lines to do with Toyah’s life; I can’t say too much because I don’t want to give it away,” he said.

Funds for the memorial were raised during the annual Easter bike ride from Ellis Beach, which this year was dedicated to Toyah and her family.

The exact location of the memorial will be selected so it is not disrupted in future by road widening, installation of services, or beach erosion; it will be built as a lasting tribute to Toyah.

Mr Trimble said Toyah's family have supported the installation of the monument and have expressed their gratitude to the community who have supported them since the death of their daughter.

After her death, thousands of bumper stickers, numerous banners and signs, and a sustained community effort to help the police investigation was sparked.

Almost 12 months later, the stickers can still be seen all over Far North Queensland and the rest of Australia, along with painted memorial stones, and banners and posters featuring Toyah’s smiling face.

It is clear Toyah has not been forgotten by the community and the sudden and tragic circumstances of her death are still fresh in the minds of all who knew and loved her.

“Her parents said they still see the stickers everywhere, and there are still thousands of them out there, and they see the banners and all sorts of stuff,” Mr Trimble said.

“They are so grateful and can’t believe the love and support from the community hasn’t faded away and it keeps getting stronger.”

The memorial service will begin at Ellis Beach at 3.00 pm on 19 October before heading out to Wangetti Beach for a short ceremony and the unveiling.

Mr Trimble said everyone is invited to attend requested all who do wear something yellow to this special occasion for Toyah and her family. 


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