Heartbroken community farewells mum, girl electrocuted on New Year's Eve


A little girl and her mum have been farewelled in Far North Queensland after they were electrocuted and killed on New Year’s Eve.

Juanita Bendel, 39, and her daughter Ava Cole, 10, died when they touched an electric fence at Tumoulin on the Tablelands on New Year’s Eve.

Police said cable from the fence had been attached to a truck to stop livestock from escaping and became electrified when the vehicle was connected to a battery charger.

Hundreds of mourners gathered at the Mountain View Chapel at Guilfoyle’s Tablelands Crematorium on Friday to say their goodbyes, The Cairns Port reported.

Juanita Bendel, 39, and her daughter Ava Cole died when they touched an electric fence at Tumoulin on the Tablelands on New Year’s Eve. Source: Facebook/ Juanita Bendel & Living In the Moment Photography

Ms Bendel’s parents Ray and Rosanne wrote a eulogy in which Ava was described as “the apple” of her mum’s eye.

“She (Ava) was dad’s little mate and ‘right-hand man’,” the grandparents added.

They also described Ms Bendel as “generous, loving” and someone who “would do anything for anyone”.

Police said Ms Mendel’s husband Mitchell Cole found the pair after he came back to the farm for lunch on New Year’s Eve.

“She (Ava) was dad’s little mate and ‘right-hand man’,” the grandparents wrote in a eulogy.

He tried to save them but received a “sizeable shock”. Ava’s sister also received minor injuries.

Workplace Health and Safety has been advised and police are preparing a report for the coroner.

– with AAP