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Mayor Jenny Hill Speaks About Deadly Crash


Mayor Jenny Hill.  Image By CityLibraries Townsville CC BY-SA 2.0

Mayor Jenny Hill has spoken publicly about a deadly crash she was involved in, which claimed the life of a motorcyclist in Aitkenvale.  

A 33-year-old motorbike rider was killed on January 30 after he collided with a Holden Commodore at the intersection of Nathan and Alfred streets shortly before 8:00AM.  

Townsville Council released a statement at the time confirming Mayor Jenny Hill was involved in the accident.

"Townsville City Council confirms that Mayor Jenny Hill was involved in a traffic incident this morning. Police are currently investigating" it reads.  

“Our hearts go out to everyone involved in this tragedy.

“We understand that the Mayor is currently being treated for shock.

“No further statement will be made at this time.

“We respectfully ask that all parties involved are given privacy at this time" the statement concluded" the statement concluded.

On Tuesday Mayor Hill said "Firstly, for all the family and friends of the gentleman who passed away, I want to pass on my condolences and deepest sympathies".

"It's been a tragic and very distressing event for everyone involved.

"I want to thank the members of the public who assisted at the scene on that day as well as the paramedics, police and the firemen".  

"I also want to thank family, friends and the community who reached out to me and provided support through that time.

"This matter is under police investigation and it's inappropriate of me to make any further comment or take any further questions" she said.

Mayor Hill also confirmed she would recontest the Mayorilty at the next Local Government election.  She said there are several projects she would like to see develop in the next term, adding she really enjoys being Mayor of Townsville.

By Michelle Brewer