Hearing begins into Mission Beach skydiving death of Ballarat man Peter Dawson

SAD LOSS: Former Ballarat resident Peter Dawson was killed in a skydiving accident in October last year.
SAD LOSS: Former Ballarat resident Peter Dawson was killed in a skydiving accident in October last year.

A preliminary hearing into the death of three skydivers at Mission Beach in Queensland, including former Ballarat resident Peter Dawson, has been held this week.

Peter Dawson, 35, along with Kerri Pike, 54 and Toby Turner, 34, died while skydiving at Mission Beach in far north Queensland last October in what was described as the worst skydiving accident in Australia’s history.

Mr Dawson, a former Ballarat High School student was a highly trained and respected skydiver, racking up thousands of jumps over more than a decade.

He was also a passionate environmentalist and an advocate for people's rights. 

A pre-hearing meeting on Monday was told the trio were the last to jump from the plane and did so within seconds of others.

Up to 19 witnesses are expected to be called to give evidence at the hearing which is expected to run over five days, beginning late November.