Family die in horror crash
WELL-known North Coast surfer and musician Brian "Birdy" Burdett and his daughters Sky, 10, and Kayla, 8, have been killed in a horrific car crash in south-west NSW on Friday.
The collision occurred on the Kings Highway near Braidwood about 4.30pm when Mr Bird's westbound Ford Falcon wagon crossed onto the wrong side of the road and collided with a Mitsubishi Outlander travelling in the opposite direction.
The four occupants of the other car, including two girls aged 11 and 13, were taken to Canberra Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
A 43-year-old man driving a Mitsubishi Outlander was taken to hospital, along with a 39-year-old woman and the girls.
Mr Burdett grew up on the Gold Coast and was living at Lennox Head, before moving to Jindabyne about three years ago.
He was well known in music and surfing circles along the Far North Coast.
Yesterday his friend Andrew McKinnon told The Northern Star it was hard to believe something like this could happen to such a talented and generous spirit.
"He was such a genuine, laughing, supportive person," Mr McKinnon said.
"He was the most beautiful person you could ever hope to meet.
"It is such an incredible loss."
Mr McKinnon said Brian had a very close and loving relationship with his daughters who often went to see their father play music.
"They loved to hear him play and he turned them on to surfing," he said.
Mr McKinnon said a paddle out in memory of Mr Burdett and his daughters would be arranged.
The much-loved identity was well known for his song Let Kirra Be Kirra - penned to pro- test the development of Kirra Point as a marina.
On Sunday another two people were killed on the Kings Highway when a car crashed into a tree about 20km east of Braidwood.