The brother of Gold Coast man Jake Ryan, who was killed in a tragic accident in Italy, is pleading for the Queensland Government to increase the number of people who can attend funerals in the state.
Jake Ryan, who survived the 2002 Bali bombings, died after being hit by a train while out jogging in Noto on October 13.
Metricon Stadium has offered to host the funeral for the much-loved former Southport Sharks and Surfers Paradise Demons AFL player, but his devastated family said under the current COVID-19 restrictions only 100 people would be allowed to attend, despite the size of the stadium.
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He said the family reached out to Queensland Health to request an exemption to have more than 100 people, but were refused.
Mr Ryan said he was left shattered by the response, considering more than 30,000 people were allowed to gather at The Gabba for the AFL grand final.
Mr Ryan said he is simply asking “
“I’ve reached out to our Premier via social media and have not had a response… I’ve been ignored.
“We really just want to see some common sense. It’s 500 people in a stadium to farewell a much loved man in the community “.