Emma’s triplet sisters Melissa and Stacey celebrated with her when she was named Hervey Bay Junior Mayor in 2006.
Emma’s triplet sisters Melissa and Stacey celebrated with her when she was named Hervey Bay Junior Mayor in 2006.

Junior mayor was a ‘shining light'

WHEN Hervey Bay MP Ted Sorensen heard about the loss of former junior mayor Emma Butters all he could think was “what a waste”.

The former Hervey Bay mayor, who lives on the same road as Emma's family, remembers well the “fiery young woman” he was sure would one day take his job.

Yesterday, an emotional Mr Sorensen said Emma had been “one of those special kids”.

He said she always stood out in the crowd whenever he saw her at community functions and impressed him with her ability to handle adult responsibilities.

“I watched her go through school and she had outstanding leadership qualities,” he said

“She had the potential to be a real leader one day.”

While he stressed that the loss of any young life was always tragic, Mr Sorensen said he had been particularly touched by the death of someone he had so much hope for.

“She could have done anything she wanted,” he said.

“She was a shining light and it's terrible what happened.”

Fraser Coast mayor Mick Kruger, who was Hervey Bay's deputy mayor in 2006, said Emma had been an “inspiration”.

“She had a real passion for improving the lifestyle of youths and worked hard to bring their issues to the Hervey Bay City Council,” Mr Kruger said.

“Emma was well respected by the senior council for her ideas and passion for life.

“Our condolences and sympathy go to her family and friends.”

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