“I am deeply saddened by the news that Scott Sargood died in a gyrocopter accident in Western Queensland yesterday morning, aged 54.
“Scott will be remembered as a humble and hard-working family man, who was incredibly passionate about the bush.
“I admired Scott’s leadership when he fought against changes to Queensland’s vegetation management laws.
“He proudly handed me the petition on behalf of famers and members of the Green Shirts Movement Queensland.
“Agriculture was in his blood and his loss is a major loss for regional Queensland.
“Scott was a popular and decent man.
“Many people are hurting – and I am one of them.
“This is a tragedy that will take a long time to overcome, but I get comfort knowing he leaves behind a remarkable legacy.
“My thoughts are with his wife Adma and children Mitch and Bonnie, as the they try to comprehend this heartbreaking accident.
“Vale Scott Sargood, you will be greatly missed.”