NSW bushfires: Richard Mainey dies trying to save Temagog family farm near Kempsey
The family of a man who died while trying to protect his family farm from raging bushfires on the NSW mid north coast have shared a heartbreaking tribute.
Richard Mainey, 56, stayed at the Temagog property with four family members to protect it from bushfires sweeping through the area, 30km west of Kempsey, on Monday night.
His body was discovered beside his destroyed bulldozer.
Mr Mainey’s brother John and his wife Lila confirmed the news in a post shared to Facebook on Wednesday morning.
Richard Mainey, 56, was killed when a bushfire engulfed his family farm near Kempsey
‘With heavy hearts we share this sad news, on Monday evening we suffered a tragic loss,’ they said.
‘We lost our brother Richard Mainey in the bushfire, trying to save the family farm.’
They remembered Mr Mainey as a ‘caring brother and uncle’ who was ‘always there if you needed a hand’.
‘He was a quiet achiever, initiative and a mister fix it man,’ they said.
‘We will miss those dimples and cheeky grin more than words can ever say.’
Richard Mainey’s body was found next to his destroyed bulldozer on the NSW mid north coast
The fire, which remains out of control on Wednesday, has burned through more 22,000 hectares of land in Willi Willi National Park and surrounding areas.
Southerly winds continue to push the fire in a northerly direction, with fire crews still working to protect properties in Willi Willi.
Firefighters are monitoring the spread of the fire to the northwest and south and preparing control lines.
The emergency alert level remains at advice and residents have been warned to stay alert and monitor their surroundings.
Mr Mainey is the second man to die within in days as the NSW bushfire season gets underway.
A volunteer firefighter died on Saturday while battling a blaze at Bean Creek near Kyogle in northern NSW when he suffered a ‘medical episode.