Mums comfort their children as friends and family of the Golinskis gather at The Anglican Church of Noosa yesterday.
Mums comfort their children as friends and family of the Golinskis gather at The Anglican Church of Noosa yesterday. Pool Photo

Outpouring of grief for family

CLOSE family and friends of the Golinskis gathered at the charred remains of the family's Tewantin home last night to remember the "angels" lost in the horrific Boxing Day blaze.

Following an emotional community gathering at the nearby packed Anglican Church of Noosa, up to 50 of those closest to Rachel, and daughters Sage, Willow and Starlia, paid their respects at the home.

Bunches of flowers, stuffed toys and cards of condolence already adorned the driveway - signs of just how widespread was the grief and sorrow.

During last night's gathering, Anglican Church of Noosa minister Mark Calder offered words of hope and help.

"The simple response of 'why' is completely appropriate," he said.

"The more passionate response of 'this is not fair', 'how could this happen to such good people', is also totally understandable."

Noosaville State School principal Rob Van den Heuvel, where the three girls attended, spoke on the importance of helping children deal with the grief.

"I know there are so many through the school who were close to them," he said.

"Students can be supported through family. But we know some children that will need individual care as they struggle to cope."

Noosa restaurateur Jim Berardo, who attended last night's gathering, said it was important to think about Matt.

"Matt is an extraordinary guy, he has a great pedigree as a chef and a father.

"How anybody could accomplish what he has, especially with two special-needs children.

"He does everything so brilliantly," he said.

"The whole hospitality industry is in shock, but determined to help.

"Everyone is there to do whatever they can to assist his business partners.

"All the other catering businesses on the Coast have said they will help, give them their own staff, food, whatever they want to help keep his business going."

The gathering ended with the lighting of four candles by family and a poem written and read by the daughter of one of Matt's cousins.

The 30-minute gathering closed with a prayer for the family.


Help available

  • Lifeline - 131 114
  • Kids Help Line - 1800 55 1800
  • United Synergies - 0407 766 961
  • Queensland Department of Education (for high level need support of students in crisis) - 0417 198 896
  • Anglican Church of Noosa - 0448 595 376