Coroner due to hand down report over 2012 Burleigh Heads awning death

A Gold Coast woman who’s husband was killed when a shop awning fell on him, hopes a report from the coroner will help prevent similar tragedies.

The findings into the death of Currumbin EcoVillage developer Christopher John Walton will be delivered today at Southport District Court.

Mr Walton’s widow, Kerry Shepherd, says she hopes in future structural devices such as metal tie-backs or poles are installed to minimize injuries and fatalities in similar situations.


Eyewitness reports at the time suggested Mr Walton, who was 54 at the time, pushed other people clear of the awning as it fell from a Burleigh Heads building in 2012.

An inquest at the Southport Magistrates Court in May specifically looked into what particular method was used to attach the awning, which resulted in it becoming unattached from the structure.

Ms Shepherd says she hopes a secondary structural element can be installed in future, to enable people sufficient time to escape if awnings start giving way, as she believes a few more seconds may have saved her husband.