TEARS FOR ALEX – Saturday March 30 2013

– Grieving friends yesterday paid tribute to Alex Jones, who died in a freakish city wall collapse that left his younger sister, Bridget, fighting for her life.
Bethan Wainman, a close schoolfriend of Alex, spoke through tears yesterday as she told the Herald Sun how brother and sister had been walking together when tragedy struck.
The collapse of the wall at the CUB brewery site in Swanston Street, Carlton is believed to have been caused by a freak gust of wind.
Zoe Liberona posted on Facebook: “Such a beautiful soul taken away too soon. Rest in peace, Alexander Jones.”
Callum Fuller added: “Still in absolute shock. Rest in peace, Alexander Jones.”
School friend Steven Kostadinovski said of the former school captain: “Much love to a great human being and individual.”
And Matt Perichon said: “It is just so cruel how life can be torn away from such a beautiful young man.”
Mourners left flowers, a teddy bear and a Lindt chocolate carrot at the scene of Thursday’s tragedy at the former CUB brewery site in Swanston Street, Carlton.
Emergency talks will be held next week between the State Government, the Victorian Building Commission and Melbourne City Council to determine how and why the deadly wall collapse happened – and to ensure a similar accident never recurs.
Worksafe, the State Coroner, Victoria Police and Grocon, which is developing the site, have all launched independent investigations.
The remainder of the wall was demolished late on Thursday night.
Wire fencing was erected to protect the public from a rubble of bricks and debris still littering the site.
Red brick dust still covered the footpath.
Police believe more people were hurt in the collapse, but fled the scene in fear of suffering further harm. Melbourne North Crime Investigation Unit’s Detective Senior Constable Brooke Manley said of the incident: “It’s horrendous – a tragic accident.”
Banyule Mayor Councillor Wayne Phillips said that the council would offer any support possible to the Jones family, of Montmorency. Next week’s talks will involve the State Government, the Victorian Building Commission and Melbourne City Council.
Planning Minister Matthew Guy said he had ordered the Building Commission audit to prevent similar tragedies: “We will get the Building Commission to look at all those CBD structures as soon as possible.”
Mr Guy said he would also seek advice on structural tests and see if they could be carried out more frequently.
A spokesman for the City of Melbourne, Sam Bishop, said: “If concerns are raised about the integrity of any particular structure in the City of Melbourne, our municipal building surveyor’s office will investigate.”
Grocon officials believe the wall that collapsed was built only in the 1970s – Elissa Doherty & Aleks Devic


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