Aboriginal Family Health Coordinator Dallas Waters - driving the Domestic Violence is Foul Play campaign.
Aboriginal Family Health Coordinator Dallas Waters - driving the Domestic Violence is Foul Play campaign. Adam Hourigan

Nationwide support gives hope to family of Lynette Daley

A CLOSE relative of Lynette Daley says the extent of nationwide support for her case to be brought to justice has been reassuring for the family.

Dallas Waters is Lynette's cousin and also a White Ribbon Australia ambassador in the campaign to stop violence against women.

Mr Waters said it had been an overwhelming week full of mixed emotions - heart-breaking and confronting to relive the details of her death, but heartening to hear the passion and caring nature of people right across nation.

change.org petition for the case to be properly reviewed has already exceeded 60,250 signaures since it was launched following a Four Corners episode on the case on Monday night.

On Wednesday the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions NSW announced an independent review into its decision not to prosecute two men charged with manslaughter following Ms Daley's death on an Iluka Beach in 2011.

Prior to this week, he said, the family was feeling lost, because "it seemed nobody cared or would listen to the the astonishing result of the process with the DPP".

"The family was unaware of where to from here and how far can we push for justice. We've been fortunate that this has resonated right across the Aboriginal community, and wider community as well," Mr Waters said.

"That certainly doesn't go unnoticed and with the momentum and the media really pushing for exposure of this terrible, terrible situation, I feel the Department of Public Prosecutions has no choice but to revisit and hopefully push for a trial.

"The evidence to make a conviction is there and we are dumbfounded as to why evidence has been disregarded until now."

A shrine to their beloved Lynette
A shrine to their beloved Lynette "Norma" Daley. The Davis and Daley families erected in her memory near the scene of her death on 10 Mile Beach.

THURSDAY, 11AM: While Lynette Daley's family is pleased with the latest developments in their quest for justice, they are not raising their hopes just yet.

Yesterday, the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions NSW announced an independent review into its decision not to prosecute two men charged with manslaughter following Ms Daley's death on an Iluka Beach in 2011.

"We want action rather than words," Lynette's stepfather Gordon Davis said.

"We don't want this mucking around and beating around the bush. They say all these things, and we've waited and waited. It's progress but we've heard it all before too."

The kicker this time around however, is the momentous support the family's quest for justice has gathered from across the nation.

A change.org petition for the case to be properly reviewed has already exceeded 60,250 signaures since it was launched following a Four Corners episode on the case on Monday night.

Bruce and Denise Morcombe, parents of murdered Queensland boy Daniel Morcombe, even drove to the Clarence Valley to personally offer their own message of support to Gordon and Lynette's mother Thelma.

They left this morning.

"It's been emotionally draining, but we have found our faith in humanity after all," Mr Davis said.

"We're gobsmacked at the results of this and still trying to process. I love each and every one of the people who have brought this to attention."

"We'll see what happens now and go from there. We can only take it a step at a time."



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