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Civil Contractors Federation NT recognises NT Civil Legends

PIONEER FOUR JOIN THE HALL OF FAME

FOUR civil construction pioneers were inducted into the Northern Territory Civil Contractors Federation Hall of Fame at the recent Earth Awards for Excellence.

The four - Peter Hassell, Fraser Henry, Michael Halkitis and Dave McHugh - played key roles in the development of a lo­cally based civil construction in­dustry over the past four decades.

Civil Contractors Federation Northern Territory chief execu­tive officer Neil Halligan said the men pioneered in an industry that was changed when the NT Gov­ernment of the day decided to outsource all its work.

"These guys were at the fore­front of taking on the work of gov­ernment when they decided to outsource to contractors and closed down their 2 and a half mile spot which is now Parap Grove," Mr Halligan said. "They built respected national and inter­national companies and took the risk out in the market place."

Inductee Peter Hassell, along with Bob Kendray, started H & K Earthmoving in 1981. They did a lot of the work at Dundee Beach.

Henry Walker was started by Fraser Henry and the late Neville Walker. Mr Henry told attendees he was sorry his partner wasn't there to share the moment.

Henry Walker were the Terri­tory's first publicly listed com­pany. They built Bayview Haven .. In 1998 they bought Elton to be­come Henry Walker Elton, taking the company worldwide and win­ning work in Indonesia, Africa and New Zealand.

Michael Halkitis was one half of Halkitis Brothers with Theo. Halkitis brothers is now HB Group run by sons John and Nick.

Mr Halligan said they were in Bishop St, Winnellie "when it was • the hub of the civil construction industry" in the 1960s.

Dave McHugh is a longtime NT public servant who worked closely with civil contractors for four decades, leading the outsourcing change to the way government operated.

The gala evening was attended by 230 peo­ple at Skycity Darwin.