British backpacker Jade Fox enjoying her holiday on Fraser Island before she died in a four-wheel drive rollover.
British backpacker Jade Fox enjoying her holiday on Fraser Island before she died in a four-wheel drive rollover.

Family hopes new legislation makes island safer

THE family of a British backpacker killed in a vehicle rollover during a tag-along tour of Fraser Island say they are happy with new State Government legislation which they hope will make visiting the island much safer.

Jade Fox, 22, died in October.

Her father, Chris, who had the grim task of escorting his daughter's body home, visited the island in the wake of the accident and observed people on a tag-along tour engaging in poor behaviour including hanging out of moving vehicles.

What he witnessed inspired the family to fight for tougher regulations surrounding the tours.

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The family started a petition that attracted more than 6000 signatures and triggered a series of changes that mean people under 25 years of age will no longer be driving vehicles on tours. Drivers will also need to undergo a safety assessment before getting behind the wheel.

Jade's mother, Melanie, said they would have liked the age to be raised to 25 but most tourists who took tag-along tours were under 25.

"We realise this wouldn't have worked," she said.