Tragic death rocks livestock community

Dorothy HendersonCountryman
Landmark agent Peter Gale pictured in January.
Camera IconLandmark agent Peter Gale pictured in January. Credit: Bob Garnant

WA’s livestock industry has been left shocked after the death of Esperance-based Landmark live-stock agent Peter Gale.

Mr Gale, 50, was fatally injured on Saturday in a quad bike accident on the Myrup Road property he shared with his family.

Esperance police said he was transferred to the Esperance District Hospital about 7.30pm but died from his injuries.

The Gale in Brindley and Gale, Mr Gale was known as “Windy” and tributes on social media refer to him as the “bloke” with the “big” grin.

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With a 29-year career at Landmark, which included time spent in Narrogin and Katanning, the news of Mr Gale’s death prompted a Statewide outpouring of grief. Those who knew him said he was “always willing to lend a hand”, and repeatedly referred to his generous and kind nature, and his skill as a stock agent.

Among those who will be most affected by his death are business partner and fellow livestock agent Neil Brindley.

He said Mr Gale moved to Esperance in May 1999 and on July 1, 2000, he teamed up with him to form Brindley and Gale.

Landmark Esperance posted a tribute to Mr Gale on its Facebook page on Monday, saying Mr Gale was “one of the most professional members of the entire livestock industry”.

As the Esperance equestrian community prepares for its Easter Campdraft at Munglinup the region is also mourning the loss of a club stalwart.

In a statement on its Facebook page, the Munglinup Bushman’s Association extended its sympathies and described Mr Gale as “the jovial fella in the big hat, who had a smile for everyone”.

His voluntary work with the MBA included logistical assistance with sourcing of cattle for the draft, and on-the-ground help with cattle in the yards.

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