May 10, 2014
Tributes are flowing in for Queensland grazier and businessman Graeme Acton, 63, who died last night in hospital from injuries he sustained in a campdrafting accident last week.
Mr Acton had been competing at the Clarke Creek Autumn Classic when the accident happened.
He was transferred to Royal Brisbane Hospital’s intensive care unit with critical head and spinal injuries.
Premier Campbell Newman said he was “truly shocked and saddened” to hear of Mr Acton’s death.
“He was an outstanding character who was much loved by all,” he said.
“A hard-working Queenslander, he devoted his life to the land and growing the cattle industry in this State.
“He has left a legacy for both rural and regional Queensland and I know his passing will be felt by all Queenslanders.
“My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this very sad time.”
Agriculture Minister John McVeigh said the Queensland beef industry had lost a great leader.
Mr McVeigh said Mr Acton had headed one of Queensland’s largest and most successful family-run cattle grazing and beef marketing operations.
“A leader, with tremendous passion, he was always on the front foot with ideas and ventures to progress the industry he loved.” Mr McVeigh said.
“Graeme enjoyed the mateship and confidence of many, right across the beef industry and right up to the Prime Minister.
“He will be sadly missed. Our heartfelt sympathies go to his wife Jennie and children, and to his brothers Allen and Evan and sister Elizabeth and their families.”
Mr Acton headed Acton Land and Cattle, a massive beef empire based in central Queensland.
He had a passion for campdrafting and in 2003 opened the $3 million Paradise Lagoons complex near Rockhampton built especially for the sport.
He was also a driving force behind the establishment of Beef Expo in Rockhampton and was deputy chairman of the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame in Longreach.