News

Broken bones end charity bike ride

ON THE ROAD: Wayne Porter during The Great Australian Ride. contributed
ON THE ROAD: Wayne Porter during The Great Australian Ride. contributed Mike Garry

WHEN Wayne Porter signed up to ride across Australia to raise funds for SIDS and Kids Queensland, his heart was in the right place. But just eight days into the ride his foot wasn't.

About 40km from the Northern Territory border the Yaroomba communications technician came off his 650cc Suzuki V-Strom. When he looked down his foot was facing the wrong way.

"My boot dug into the ground and twisted my ankle backwards," Wayne said.

"While the adrenalin was there I grabbed my foot and twisted it around. I could feel the bones but with the adrenalin, that's the only time you could do it.

"That allowed me to splint my feet and my legs together."

Wayne was then ferried 150km by four-wheel drive to Boulia over the unsealed track, laughingly called the Plenty Highway.

The Flying Doctor Service flew him first to Mt Isa and then a few days later to Townsville where he had a plate and 11 screws inserted in his ankle.

Wayne said he had just overtaken a four-wheel drive before the accident.

"There was a cattle grid just after I passed him and the road ducked to the right," he said.

"I was carrying too much speed - I went straight ahead."

The only damage to the bike was a cracked right-hand indicator.

The aim of the Great Australian Ride was to travel from Australia's most easterly point, through the heart of the Simpson and the Gibson Deserts to Australia's most westerly point.

Twelve riders set out from Byron Bay in August - 18 days and 7500km later only six riders made it to Steep Point, in Western Australia.

But the riders had raised almost $26,000 for SIDS and Kids Queensland. Wayne personally raised about $3000.

"I had the honour of leading the ride out of Byron Bay from the start because at that time I'd got the most but I said to the guys, 'look, you guys organised this you do it'," he said.

Wayne said despite his injury the ride was a great experience.

"It was cold and it was dusty and it was hot in the day but we all loved every minute of it. It was sensational," he said.

"We're all living on the Coast where we want to be - paradise - and to see the difference in the scenery and what's out there, was the highlight, backed up at the end of the day by camping with like-minded people.

"Also when you're travelling, you're meeting the people in each town and they're all friendly."

SIDS and Kids Queensland is a not-for-profit organisation that provides bereavement support to families who have experienced the sudden and unexpected death of a baby during pregnancy, birth and infancy.


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Annual notices for rates are

News

Noosa rate notices to arrive

Noosa cook may win MasterChef

FINAL FOUR: MasterChef Australia's final four contestants, from left, Harry Foster, Elena Duggan, Elise Franciskovic and Matt Sinclair.

Noosa cook may win MasterChef

The bats are back in Wallace Park

THEY’RE BACK: The bats are back near houses in Wallace Park.

Residents being woken by 'dulcet tones and smell of bats'

Latest deals and offers

Climbers descend on Pomona

Hundreds of runners will subject themselves to a gruelling 4.2km near-vertical challenge as they take on the King of the Mountain at Mt Cooroora on Sunday.

Annual notices for rates are

News

Noosa rate notices to arrive

Noosa cook may win MasterChef

FINAL FOUR: MasterChef Australia's final four contestants, from left, Harry Foster, Elena Duggan, Elise Franciskovic and Matt Sinclair.

Noosa cook may win MasterChef

The bats are back in Wallace Park

THEY’RE BACK: The bats are back near houses in Wallace Park.

Residents being woken by 'dulcet tones and smell of bats'

Business as usual for Noosa’s Eagle Boys

SAD NEWS: Eagle Boys went into voluntary administration last week.

Noosa Eagle Boys still trading

Young orchestral talent set to shine

VERSATILE: The Macau Youth Symphony Orchestra is coming.

Bright young players share classic pieces

Superheroes of the big screen enjoy sounds of Splendour

CHRIS Hemsworth and his Avengers mates drop by Byron festival.

Dynamic pics from Splendour Day 1

The Strokes perform at Splendour in the Grass 2016. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

Check out the latest pictures from Splendour in the Grass.

Bindi Irwin: 18 magic photos to mark her 18th birthday

Bindi Irwin with a python.

Photos: Bindi Irwin from babyhood to 18

Aussie director makes his mark on new Roots mini-series

Malachi Kirby as Kunta Kinte in a scene from the TV series Roots.

BRUCE Beresford behind final episode of remake of iconic series.

The Avalanches pull plug on live broadcast of Splendour set

The Avalanches are an Australian electronic music group.

RADIO listeners won't be able to tune in to the band's show tonight.

ON STAGE: Highlights just keep coming

Noosa Long Weekend Festival 2016'S Carnivale Infusion.

10 days of days of music, dance, theatre, film, food and fun ends

You can own this Queensland town for just $1

Yelarbon

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

PEREGIAN SAGA: Member hits back as golf club goes under

First creditors meeting at Peregian Springs Golf Club.

Members and landholders fear for the future after golf club closure

72-year-old Coast developer set to start new project

GREEN LIGHT: The Cosmopolitan has been approved for development at Cotton Tree.

Meet the Canberran set to deliver another chapter for Coast suburb

Plans revealed for 1500-lot 'master-planned community'

Precinct will be bounded by Boundary St and Shoesmith Rd

Ecco Ripley sales run sparks prime release

MOVING IN: Sekisui House has announced the release of more residential blocks at Ecco Ripley.

Sekisui House is preparing to unveil more land at Ecco Ripley