Rainbow Serpent death could be catalyst for change: mother

THE mother of a man who died at last year’ s Rainbow Serpent Festival hopes the event will go ahead so she can honour her son.

Adriana Buccianti has struggled to deal with her 34-year-old son Daniel’s death 12 months ago, and says speaking at the opening ceremony of the festival would form part of the healing process.

But Ms Buccianti said safety was the main priority and that the emergency services’ decision whether or not to accept the permit application should be final.

If the festival goes ahead a memorial honouring Daniel will be created and a minute’s silence observed.

“I’ve come 12 months down the track of trying to work through my life without my son, to look at things more positively, to look at my son’s death as a catalyst for change,” she said. “My aim is to reach 10,000 people and talk to them about looking after themselves, not only in the Rainbow community but the wider community.”

Ms Buccianti said she had developed a relationship with the Rainbow Serpent organisers over the last few months and had been involved in discussions about extra safety measures to be enforced at the event.

Event organisers have enforced extra safety measures following last year’s tragedy, including a new ambassador program which will see a group of people touring the festival site and ensuring everyone is looked after. Camp wardens will also be located around the Rainbow site.

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