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15 October, 2022

Cape York local named hero of Queensland

CAIRNS RFDS hero and Cape York local Emma Jackson has been named the 2022 RFDS Queensland Hero after saving her friends life on a remote cattle station in Cape York last December.


Cape York resident Emma Jackson has won the 2022 RFDS Queensland Hero for saving her friend’s life.
Cape York resident Emma Jackson has won the 2022 RFDS Queensland Hero for saving her friend’s life.

Emma lives with her family on Wolverton Station in the Archer River region of Cape York, she is the founder of Conquer the Corrugations – an initiative which aims to raise awareness for mental health and suicide prevention in the remote region – and is a dedicated sustainability advocate. 

Emma’s determination to help others also saw her save the life of her friend Karryn, who suffered a ‘widow-maker’ heart attack when she visited Wolverton Station late last year. 

Due to her brave efforts, Emma will be awarded a $20,000 grant courtesy of Ergon Energy Retail to put towards a health or wellbeing initiative in the community.

Emma said she is honoured to be named the 2022 Queensland Hero and is already planning how she will use the grant to support the region.

“I am hoping to use the grant to help fund an equine assisted learning program at Wolverton Station for communities and other properties across the Cape York region,” Emma said.

“I look forward to working with the RFDS and Ergon Energy Retail to develop this initiative further to benefit our community.” 

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