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Debates Day 3 - Thursday 19 June 2003



Debates Day 3 - Thursday 19 June 2003

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Parliamentary Record 13


Debates for 9th Assembly 2001 - 2005; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 9th Assembly 2001 - 2005




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DEBATES Thursday 19 June 2003 4447 School, Successful tips to end smoking; Adelaide River School, Smoke-free tidy town; Wagaman Primary School, Stop smoking jingle; Centralian College, Smoking what gets up your nose; St Johns College, Quit triathlon; Shepherdson College, Yolgnu please stop smoking; Borroloola CEC, Smoke-free school; ANZAC Hills High School, Smoking is choking; St Johns College, Things you cant do when you smoke; and Darwin High School, Smoke-free signage. My congratulations to all of those schools, and I wish them all the best in their projects to ensure that young people try to either quit smoking, or do not take it up in the first place. Mr BONSON (Millner): Mr Acting Deputy Speaker, tonight I talk about a dear friend on a sad occasion - more than just a friend, a mentor, a leader of the community, someone I respected greatly. Unfortunately, the man I am talking about recently passed away. His name was Wally Langton Nickels. He was born on the 17 June 1950 and died on 8 June 2003. I have known this man all my life. I will just read from a book which contained his eulogy and some notes for some people to read. It has on the front: In loving memory of Wallace Langton Nickels, 17 June 1950 to 8 June 2003 And there is a photo of him: Lives of great men all remind us We can make our lives sublime, And, departing, leave behind us Footprints on the sands of time; (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow) Son of Wally (deceased), and Jessie Gypsy Nickels (deceased). Brother of Ali (deceased), Cathie, Vivienne (deceased), Walter (deceased), Keith, Mary, Lloyd and Mark (deceased). Uncle to Tommy and Lizzy, Leo and Diane, Walter, Charles and Colleen, Sian and Jamie Sedet, Tyson. Great-Uncle of Johnathon, TomTom, Joanna, Jessica, Duana, Vivienne, Janaya, Tommy Ty, Trevor and Tanesha Mare. Great friend of Colleen and daughter, Kathy Burns There are many others. The service was held at the Memorial Uniting Church, on Thursday, 19 June 2003 at 11 am. The booklet was handed out by Lulu Ah Mat, neighbour and long-time friend of the families. The Entrance song was Easy by the Commodores, and the pallbearers were Arnhem Hunter, Fenton Antuon, Robyn Taylor, Danny Maha, Warren Raye and Kimberley Hunter. The eulogy was by a good friend of mine, Micky Mullins. It goes: It was Wallys request that his family not wear black at his funeral. Wally was born on 17 June 1950 at the Derby Hospital, in Western Australia. When he was a couple of months old, his parents and sisters moved to Darwin. The family lived at Parap Camp, Gardiner Street, and Wilmot Street. He attended Darwin Primary School and Darwin High School where he was head prefect. He worked at FATSIS, where he formed a lasting rapport with staff and students who once attended there. Wallys achievements were many, indulging in his love of Aussie Rules, basketball and soccer. He was a life member of the Waratahs Football Club and the Rebels Basketball Club. In both, he was a player and coach. His passion for martial arts prevailed and many of his trips overseas were to pursue his goals to better himself at this sport. Wally was a very proud and independent man. He gave his all but never asked anyone for help. Dont shed too many tears for me. Dont grieve too much for me. Recognise the happy times we had shared together. Im free of sickness and pain. Im now at peace. Kathy Burns was like a stepdaughter to Wally. She spoke words of kindness about his effect on her life. Ronnie Baker, an ex-President of Waratah Football Club and a stalwart, spoke kind words. Carmie Dunn and Natalie Hunter spoke about Rebels basketball, and you have heard about his martial arts passion. Pallbearers at the cemetery were Leo Nickels, Peter March, Peter Goodrem, Doogsie, Micky Mullins and Danny Long. Mr Acting Deputy Speaker, as you can see, Wally was a special man. Everyone who knew him was greatly touched by him. I thought about the words I wanted to say; I cannot really articulate them at this stage. One thing I really wanted to say was a lot of young men and women grew up rough in Darwin and Wally was able to put us all together - and when I say rough, I mean we had some