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Debates Day 2 - Wednesday 14 February 2007



Debates Day 2 - Wednesday 14 February 2007

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Parliamentary Record 12


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DEBATES Wednesday 14 February 2007 3898 the sea was there, where was Max? Looking at glass with me bored as hell. There wouldnt be many businesses in Katherine that Max had not done work for over the years - and especially in the middle of the night when he was called out to repair broken windows. He was always cheerful, it didnt matter what hour of the night it was and how grumpy the business person was - there was Max smiling and cracking jokes with Toby right by his side. We are going to miss Max around Katherine, Madam Acting Deputy Speaker. On 3 February, Kerry Diehm passed away in Katherine Hospital after a long struggle with cancer. Kerry has been a dedicated nurse at Katherine Hospital for many years and will be very much missed by her family and colleagues. Last Friday, Kerrys funeral service was held at St Josephs Catholic Church in Katherine, and I would like to read into the Parliamentary Record her eulogy that was read by family friend, former Mayor of Katherine, Jim Forscutt. We are here today to reflect upon and honour the life of Kerry Anne Diehm. Kerry was born in Winton on 27 April 1953 to parents Fredrick Andrew and Joan Adele. Kerry grew up in Winton with brother Gregory and sister Dale and was educated at St Patricks Convent. Kerry loved her sports, and swimming was her favourite. Kerry broke many records in competitions and, to this very day, still holds the fastest lap time in the Winton pool. Kerrys dedication to swimming earned her a certificate as a swimming coach. Kerrys grandfather, Billy, was not only a brilliant businessman, but a great bushman and a well-known horseman, with many successful race horses to his credit. From Billys influence, Kerrys great love of not only horses, but the animal world evolved. With a new goal to become a vet, Kerry was disappointed to discover she needed a higher level of education than she had completed. Not to be deterred, Kerry looked after animals for love and trained to be one of the best triple certificate RNs to have blessed our region. Before Kerry went into nursing she worked for Main Roads in Winton. In 1973, Kerry finished her career in nursing at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane. In 1975, she moved to Mt Isa and continued nursing until she moved to Townsville in 1977, where she did her training to become a midwife. Roley has shared many memories about his life with Kerry that we would like to share with you. It was in Townsville that Kerry met Roley Oliver. Roley and Kerry had met once before through friends, but the flames of passion really started when Roley rang Kerry to go to a dance or was it a rodeo? No. Roley called his new flame to bail him out of gaol for an unpaid over-loading fine. This obviously did the trick because Kerry and Roley moved on in their new life together. They went fruit picking and did general work within Queensland. Their journey continued on to Tennant Creek, where they worked for road work companies throughout the Barkly Tablelands. Kerry took up cooking for the road work crews with a little shooting on the side and learnt a few things about the outback, like how to cook up bush turkeys and that the older the turkey, the harder the eating. In 1982, Kerry and Roley became very proud parents of a little baby girl, Katie Maree Oliver. After Katie was born they then moved on to Banka Banka Station, where livestock and road construction were there lives. Working with a Katherine company called Hickey Contracting, each choice taking the family closer to the tropics. During the years ahead they began working in the Douglas Daly region such as Oolloo Station and Emerald Springs. 1985 saw Kerry, Roley and Katie call Katherine town home and they all settled down at Lot 2610 Kingston Road. Kerry went on and worked at a childcare and womens crisis centre before continuing her career in nursing. Kerry was in charge of the Jack Roney Wing at the Katherine Hospital for eight years and, further down the track, took on major roles in areas such as infection control and Clinical Nurse Manager. Kerrys knowledge was sought after on many occasions, not just in the hospital environment, but also on the home front. Ever the quiet achiever, Kerry gave more of herself to countless individuals in her personal time, offering her love and applying her expertise to help a friend in their time of need. Kerry would often be

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