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Parliamentary record : Part I debates (14 February 1989)



Parliamentary record : Part I debates (14 February 1989)


Debates for 5th Assembly 1987 - 1990; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 5th Assembly 1987 - 1990




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DEBATES - Tuesday 14 February 1989 Northern Territory in 1969 as a manager of Ampol. During the 20 years that he lived in the Northern Territory, he developed an enviable and proud record of contribution to the community that I believe deserves recognition in this House. Alf was born in Adelaide on 26 January 1931. He married and is survived by his wife, Rhonda, and 4 children, being 3 sons, Michael, Peter and Anthony, and a daughter, Theresa, and by 3 grandchildren. As I mentioned, Alf came to Darwin in 1969 to manage Ampol and, like so many people who came here for a short time, he fell in love with the Northern Territory and adopted it as his home to the extent that, in 1976, he joined the real estate business and, shortly after that, went into business with 2 partners and formed a company known as Real Estate Sales and Services, now RESS Real Estate. Alf was always an active and involved community worker and I note that he was involved with St John's School which his 4 children attended. He held positions as secretary, treasurer and chairman of the parents' group over the years and was always on hand to help with fundraising etc. Alf held a number of other positions as well. He was on the founding committee of the Underwater Spearfishing Association in South Australia. He was President of the Australian Institute of Management and Function Manager of the Northern Territory Division of the Australian Institute of Management, as well as being President of the Real Estate Institute of the Northern Territory for a year. He was on the social committee of the Darwin Sailing Club and was a Rear Commodore of the Sailing Club. Whilst that indicates the sort of business and official involvement that he and Rhonda had, I note particularly the work they contributed as individuals. Alf and Rhonda were renowned for the street parties in Nightcliff that they held for a number of years. They started what is developing into quite a trend in my electorate: they would invite all the people in their street. With the relatively transient population that we have in the Northern Territory, that created a sense of community within that 'street. People, children and families in the street met each other and became friends. Around those street parties, they developed Christmas parties at which Alf would entertain the children regularly as Father Christmas, a role which he played with alacrity, not only in Nightcliff but elsewhere as well. Anybody who knew Alf would know how well suited he was for the role, both phYSically and in terms of his personality. He made an excellent Father Christmas and one from whom I never saw a child back away. I think that is a great credit to the person himself. Mr Bell: Have you had some unfortunate experiences, Steve? Mr HATTON: No, I have not actually, but I am not quite built for the job. He played the role of Father Christmas year after year at the Nightcliff Preschool, where his wife Rhonda has worked since 1978, and at various playgroups and at the Darwin Sailing Club. Last year, Nightcliff celebrated its 40th birthday and, as usual, Alf and Rhonda were actively involved in the organisation of the 40th birthday celebration committee. Alf performed the role of MC at the Nightcliff Oval party on the Saturday where he kept things rolling and people entertained throughout the afternoon. Alf was admitted to hospital on 18 November last and underwent a major, 7-hour operation for the removal of cancer. After spending several weeks in 5445

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