Town in mourning after tragic fire
CLOSE family and friends gathered at the charred remains of the Tewantin home of the Golinskis on Tuesday night to remember the "angels" lost in the horrific Boxing Day blaze.
They were deeply grieving a nightmare inferno that took away the world of badly-burned celebrity chef Matt Golinski with the unbearable loss of his wife and three beautiful daughters.
Following an emotional community gathering at the nearby, packed Anglican Church of Noosa, up to 50 of those closest to Rachael and daughters Sage, Willow and Starlia paid their respects at the home.
Bunches of flowers, stuffed toys and cards of condolence already adorned the driveway - signs of just how widespread were the grief and sorrow.
One card read: "I had a great time with you both (Sage and Willow) and I will miss you all".
Others remembered Mrs Golinski as an "inspiration" and her children as "angels".
Anglican Church of Noosa minister Mark Calder offered words of hope and help during Tuesday night's community gathering.
"The simple response of 'why' is completely appropriate," the minister told the gathering.
"The more passionate response of 'this is not fair', 'how could this happen to such good people' is also totally understandable."
Rob Van den Heuvel, principal of Noosaville State School which the three sisters attended, spoke about the importance of helping children deal with the grief.
"I know there are so many through the school who were close to them," Mr Van den Heuvel said.
"Students can be supported through family.
"But we know some children who will need individual care as they struggle to cope. The school is here to help," he said.
Mr Van den Heuvel said a support process for staff and students would be in place when term resumed next month. "I really do believe the absence of those smiling faces coming through the gate when school begins will bring it all back," he said.
"It will be a time to remember. As we get to the start of school, it will be time to celebrate the wonderful impact Rachel and the girls have had on all of us."
Noosa restaurateur Jim Berardo, who spoke at the gathering, said it was important to think about Matt. "Matt is an extraordinary guy. He has a great pedigree as a chef and a father," Mr Berardo said.
"How could anybody accomplish what he has, especially with two special-needs children? He does everything so brilliantly."
"The whole hospitality industry is in shock but determined to help.
"Everyone is there to do whatever they can to assist his business partners. All the other catering businesses on the Coast have said they will help, give them their own staff, food - whatever they want to help keep his business going," he said.
The gathering ended with the lighting of four candles by family members and a poem written and read by the daughter of one of Matt's cousins, followed by a prayer for the family.