ACTON.7 APRIL 2014. AFR PIC BY ORIN LUCKE. Central Queensland cattleman Graeme Acton, pictured at Paradise Lagoons.OUTSIDE ROCKHAMPTON, QUEENSLAND.
Tributes have flowed for Queensland beef baron Graeme Acton, who died on Friday night from injuries sustained during a fall on May 3.
Mr Acton, 63, had been competing in the Clarke Creek Autumn Classic Campdraft event, west of Marlborough in central Queensland, when he fell from his horse, which in turn rolled on top of him.
He was transferred to Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital's intensive care unit with critical head and spinal injuries, but died on Friday night surrounded by his family.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott described Mr Acton as a "proud Queenslander and a great Australian".
"Graeme contributed so much to agriculture in our country, in particular to the cattle industry around Rockhampton where the Actons have been farming for four generations," he said.
"I had the privilege of visiting Graeme’s family property, Paradise Lagoons, and have seen for myself its importance to the local area."
Queensland Premier Campbell Newman said he was “truly shocked and saddened” by 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.”
Federal Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce, a former Queensland senator, described Mr Acton as a “hero of the cattle industry” who would be sorely missed.
“Graeme possessed a unique ability to communicate with people irrespective of their background or social standing and united tens of thousands through his love of the art form of campdrafting,” he said.
“Just weeks ago in Rockhampton Graeme pulled no punches letting me know his views on how we can do things better and his words of wisdom were not lost on me.
“We are truly indebted to this great Australian, for the blessing he has been as a father, husband, friend, pioneer and great captain of agricultural industry in Australia.”
Mr Acton headed Rockhampton-based Acton Land and Cattle, which owns 180,000 cattle on seven Queensland properties spanning 1.56 million hectares.
The $500 million company exports between 25,000 and 30,000 head of cattle to Japan, South Korea, south-east Asia and the Middle East annually.
Mr Acton is survived by his wife Jennie and his children Tom, Hayley, Victoria and Laura.