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18 July, 2022

Surveyor killed in PDR roadworks tragedy

Police are investigating and will prepare a report for the coroner.

FRIENDS and family of Cairns man Michael Formosa are in mourning after the surveyor was killed in a workplace accident in Cape York last week.

Mr Formosa was struck by a heavy vehicle on the Peninsula Developmental Road, 100km south of Weipa, on Wednesday.

Cape Police Acting Inspector Peter Williamson said it was a tragic incident.

Police have prepared a report for the coroner and workplace safety officials are also investigating.

Mr Formosa lived in Cairns but was preparing to move to Mareeba with his wife LeeAnne, who worked on the Tablelands.

They were well known to the local community, including the Tinaroo Sailing Club.

“Mike was always willing to help out at the club, whether it be to do the results, help build a retaining wall, assist with updating the constitution, mapping of underwater hazards on the lake or to help at every working bee,” club commodore Roger Wadley said.

“Mike was a generous man and he will be missed at the club; my thoughts are with his family.”

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