14 March 2019
The Opposition has today remembered the life of CLP stalwart former Minister the Hon. Fred Finch AM, who peacefully passed away in his home on November 12 last year.
He was a loving husband, father and grandfather, and a passionate Territorian who devoted his life to his electorate as well as the many interests he had outside of politics including the Lions Club of Darwin, Rugby Union NT, Surf Life Saving NT, and golf.
Deputy Leader of the Opposition Lia Finocchiaro said in parliament today that one of his most notable contributions to the Territory was his devotion to rebuilding Darwin after Cyclone Tracy devastated the city in 1974.
"It was during this time that his public service duties became notably prevalent," she said.
"With the destruction of more than 70 per cent of Darwin’s buildings, including 80 per cent of Darwin’s housing, this was no small task.
"As a hugely accomplished engineer, Fred has left us as his legacy Parliament House the Supreme Court, the Casuarina Surf Life Saving Club, and roads and bridges across the Territory.
"In January of 2007, Fred was a recipient of the Member of the Order of Australia for his service to the community of the Northern Territory through the Legislative Assembly, particularly portfolio responsibilities of Education, Health and Transport and Works, to the surf lifesaving movement, and to NT Rugby Union.
"Fred had an extensive network, was a person with a great sense of humour and he will be missed by many."