5 February 2020
The Territory has today remembered the life of a visionary Territorian and second Chief Minister of the Northern Territory, Ian ‘Tuxy’ Tuxworth.
Opposition Leader Lia Finocchiaro said Ian Tuxworth played a pivotal role in driving many industries in the Territory, he recognised our strategic importance and knew that without hard work and a vision, the Territory would not reach its full potential.
“No matter what side of politics you sit on, everyone remembers him as a passionate, and energetic man, who worked hard to get the best results for all Territorians,” she said.
Mrs Finocchiaro said despite a difficult relationship with the Commonwealth, Tuxy dug his heels in and got the job done.
“He knew how important tourism was, and envisaged, fought for, and delivered the gas pipeline and the Darwin airport development,” she said.
“Not to be forgotten is his delivery of the Mary Ann Dam north of Tennant Creek.”
One thing he held particularly close to heart, and which he advocated for even after his time as Chief Minister, was empowering Indigenous Territorians and local decision making, Mrs Finocchiaro said.
“He’s documented saying to Territory doctor Charles Gurd, “…the future of devolving good health management to Aboriginals is going to be done by Aboriginals, not by white folks. So the more health workers we had on the ground the better”.
“Australia has lost a pioneering Territorian and Mr Tuxworth’s family and friends have lost a loving, family man.”
Vale Ian Tuxworth.