Gavin Jones: trailblazer

DEVASTATING: Gavin Jones will be remembered as an inspirational person, and a champion for Aboriginal Australia.
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Jake KeaneGavin Jones: 1966-2014Tributes flow in for Gavin Jones – visionary and leader

THE community is reeling at the loss of Vibe Australia founder and Aboriginal rights advocate Gavin Jones, found dead at his Goulburn property on Saturday morning.

Described as a crazy genius, a visionary and shining light, Mr Jones was the founder and director of Deadly Vibe Magazine, a national publication whose staff operated predominately from Montague Street offices.

He established the annual Deadly Awards – an Australiawide event dedicated to showcasing the achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Mr Jones was 47.

Police would not comment on his death in detail, but confirmed a brief was being compiled for the coroner.

The news stunned both the Goulburn community and those further afield.

We’ve lost a great man & trailblazer in Gavin Jones. He gave voice to contemporary Aboriginal culture. Sorely missed http://t.co/QwmqtUZl9T

— Warren Mundine (@nyunggai) July 14, 2014″Indigenous Australia has lost a champion this week. Vale Gavin Jones, he will be sadly missed…”

Troy Cassar-Daley”Gavin was the most generous, humble, warm-hearted man I have ever had the privilege of calling my friend…”

Cr Alfie WalkerVale Gavin Jones, a great bloke and a great neighbour. So generous and creative.

— Pru Goward (@PruGoward) July 15, 2014This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.