Tributes flow for 'rural champion' killed in plane crash
RURAL advocate Scott Sargood has been remembered as "one of the best" battlers of the bush by friends and colleagues.
Mr Sargood died after a gyrocopter crash on Bundoo Station near Charleville on Tuesday morning, not long after speaking to a friend and colleague in the Green Shirts Movement, Bryson Head.
"Scott called me at about 10.10am - I went and looked at the record of when he called me - and I actually said to him 'I'll call you back after work mate'," Mr Head said.
"He had called to talk to me about the farm invasions that had happened on Monday, and a couple of things that had happened there.
"Then an hour later, the accident happened."
Tributes are flowing in for the 54 year old who was known for his tireless campaigning on vegetation management, earning the moniker "Mulga Man".
"He was just a larrakin, who was incredibly passionate about the ag industry, and about the cause," said Mr Head.
"He helped kick other people into gear to kick the Green Shirts off and was one of the people who was with us from the start.
"The drought and everything kept him busy, so he couldn't do as much as he would have liked to do with the movement, but that was the reality of life that primary producers lead.
"For Scott, the picture was always bigger than him, it was about everyone in his community, and Western Queensland has lost one of its greatest advocates.
"I don't think there was anyone who met him, who didn't think he was a top bloke.
"His legacy will continue through the movement, and we will continue to fight the good fight for the ag industry in his name."
A Queensland Police Service spokeswoman told News Corp emergency services rushed to Bundoo Station, east of Charleville at 11.50am, after reports a life aircraft pilot suffered critical injuries after a crash landing. It is understood Mr Sargood was mustering cattle before the crash.
Murweh Shire mayor Annie Liston said Mr Sargood's death had rocked Charleville.
"The whole town is feeling absolutely gut-wrenched in this very, very sad time," Ms Liston said.
"We are all sending our condolences to his family."
Alongside his wife, Adma, Mr Sargood ran three adjoining property, totalling 34,000 hectares just outside of Morven, and together they petitioned to change vegetation laws, which at the time threatened to impact people across the outback.
He fought for graziers in the west to be able to use mulga as fodder, and was a founding member of the Green Shirts Movement in Queensland.
The group made a statement on its Facebook page describing Mr Sargood as a selfless bloke who was always willing to help the industry and others.
"I would like the whole Green Shirt family to remember Scotty, because he was a man worth remembering," the statement read.
Warrego MP Ann Leahy said the agriculture industry would miss a legend.
"We have lost one of our best," Ms Leahy said.
"Scott was an amazing guy, and was incredibly passionate about agriculture, his family, and about the mulga lands."
LNP leader Deb Frecklington said she was one of many people hurting at the news of Mr Sargood's death.
"Scott will be remembered as a humble and hard-working family man, who was incredibly passionate about the bush," Mrs Frecklington said.
"I admired Scott's leadership when he fought against changes to Queensland's vegetation management laws.
"He proudly handed me the petition on behalf of farmers and members of the Green Shirts Movement Queensland.
"Agriculture was in his blood and his loss is a major loss for regional Queensland. Many people are hurting - and I am one of them.
"This is a tragedy that will take a long time to overcome, but I get comfort knowing he leaves behind a remarkable legacy."
A police forensic crash unit is investigating, and both the Civil Aviation And Safety Authority and Workplace Health and Safety have been notified.