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


About Jumpin' Jack Cash

Deep connections are the most important aspect of my existence. I don’t care if people don’t know what they want. I love books. I’m cynical of love stories, although I’m romantic. I adore gardens. I like women who challenge me. I love the rain as an excuse to stay inside and dream. I'm furiously impatient. If I ask you a question best to tell me the truth as I'm likely to already know the answer. I'm a carnivore. I continuously underestimate the magic of fresh flowers in my home. I love warm rain in the summer. My mood elevates to epic proportions when the sun shines. Tell me not to do something and I'll do it twice and take photos. Running is my antidepressant. I loathe lies. I rarely forgive a lie. Loyalty and honesty are my most noble virtues, and I value them more than anything in other people. I love to love, and am able to fall in love very quickly, although it's only ever happened once. I understood myself and fixed myself only after destroying myself. My greatest excitement comes from deliberately getting lost in foreign cities. I can be extremely loud and frighteningly silent. I hate insinuations. I love storms. Justice for all. I'm a proud man, but welcome the influence of the feminine soul. I have two sisters. I’m a dreamer. I’m a deep thinker. Don’t deal with guilt trips or drama that well. I'm extremely stubborn and persistent. I'm brilliant at keeping secrets. I love driving. I become absolutely and completely lost while watching a burning fire. When the toast pops from the toaster I’m never ready and shit myself. I play the guitar, but require much improvement. Solitude and warmth of the sun are perfect together. I’ve been married once and now divorced. I’m a music junkie. Chocolate mousse is the shit. I curse too much. I find it difficult to make friends. I spent four years as a firefighter. I’ve run my own company since 1991. Bright lights, big cities. I’ve been an executive producer of a feature film. Some people don’t care, and that’s the biggest let-down of the human race. There are cures and solutions for many evils, but no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. The sound of the Italian language being spoken is as good as my favourite music. I hate corrupt cops. I relentlessly and passionately pursue anybody and anything that sets my soul on fire. I'm a dog lover, and all my dogs are considered family members. I have an obsession with photography. I have some close friends who are household names, but shall always remain anonymous. I’m crazy but not lazy. Losing a soulmate has hurt me badly. My two young sons are the nucleus of my universe. I love airports. I love freedom. If you are dishonest or disloyal, I can erase you from my life and memory immediately and permanently. I yearn to explore, dream about and discover as many friendships, deep connections and places, one possibly can in a lifetime.
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