The Chief Minister, The Hon. Adam Giles MLA will today officially open The William Kirkby-Jones AM Memorial Park in the Palmerston suburb of Zuccoli.
The Chief Minister said that Mr Kirkby-Jones was recognised as one of the great leaders of the housing industry, not only here in the Northern Territory, but also right across the country.
“William chaired the Northern Territory Land Development Corporation Advisory Board for over three years, from 2010 to 2013. Throughout this time, under his guidance, the new Palmerston suburb of Zuccoli became a reality.
“Through every project, no matter how big or small, William provided a steady hand and a sheer drive and commitment to achieve the best outcomes for the Corporation and for Territorians,” the Chief Minister said.
Urbex General Manager Wayne Rex said it is an honour to be able to pay tribute to a pioneer of the land development and housing industry in the Northern Territory and welcomed Mr Kirkby-Jones’s wife, Maggie Kirkby-Jones and daughter, Karen Sokolovic to the opening ceremony.
“William was a true visionary and a champion for sustainable development, his skills, knowledge and leadership played a pivotal role in the housing industry across Australia and I am honoured to have worked with him in establishing the suburb of Zuccoli,” Mr Rex said.
Urbex commenced the development of stage one of the master planned suburb of Zuccoli in partnership with the Northern Territory Government’s Land Development Corporation in 2012. Stage 1 of Zuccoli has a major focus on delivering amenity to residents which is reinforced by its continued delivery of parks and conservation including walking trails and play equipment. Upon completion, the suburb will contain over 2,300 homes for more than 6,000 Territorians. The William Kirkby-Jones Memorial Park is therefore a major asset to these future residents and raises the bar for public amenity and fun.
Designed in proud collaboration between Urbex, Clouston’s, Touched by the Olivia Foundation and the City of Palmerston, this park is the Territory’s first all-inclusive disability and able-bodied access park. This Park has been conveniently located opposite a future Commercial Precinct and has been cleverly positioned amongst retained bushland and boasts elevated views and breezes across the balance of Zuccoli.
Mr Kirkby-Jones sadly passed away on 29 May 2015. He leaves behind his wife Maggie, three children, three step children and three grandchildren.
Media are invited to attend the officially opening of the William Kirkby-Jones AM Memorial Park today, Thursday 13 August at 10am.
Access is via Follington Street off Crosby Street, Zuccoli.
Media enquiries: Natalie Bell on 0419 653 729,