Tributes flow for pop­u­lar surveyor

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

FRIENDS and col­leagues of the late John Row­lands, a for­mer Townsville surveyor and well- known horse- rac­ing in­dus­try iden­tity, have paid trib­ute to his con­tri­bu­tions to the re­gion.

Mr Row­lands, 70, passed away ear­lier this month af­ter a long ill­ness and a ser­vice was held at the Holy Trin­ity Catholic Church this week.

He founded Townsville firm Row­lands Sur­veys in 1981 af­ter work­ing with engi­neers McIntyre and As­so­ci­ates.

He was in­ti­mately in­volved in many of the re­gion’s ma­jor projects, in­clud­ing Keith Wil­liams’s Port Hinch­in­brook de­vel­op­ment at Card­well and hous­ing de­vel­op­ments in Townsville, such as those at Bush­land Beach.

He was also a Townsville Turf Club com­mit­tee mem­ber for 21 years, in­clud­ing serv­ing as vicechair­man for 13 years un­til re­tire­ment in 2013.

Row­lands Sur­veys col­league Lau­rie Nolan said Mr Row­lands would be missed by those who worked with him and by many in Townsville and the wider com­mu­nity.

“John leaves be­hind the legacy of a num­ber of sur­vey­ors who John em­ployed out of school and en­cour­aged through their stud­ies to achieve var­i­ous lev­els of reg­is­tra­tion,” Mr Nolan said.

“He made a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion in sur­vey­ing and to de­vel­op­ments through­out the re­gion.”

Townsville Cham­ber of Com­merce pres­i­dent Stephen Motti said Mr Row­lands was a longterm con­trib­u­tor to north­ern de­vel­op­ment.

“He was pas­sion­ate about the North and liked to get in­volved in de­vel­op­ment of the North through his pro­fes­sional en­deav­ours and as a vol­un­teer to make the city a bet­ter place,” Mr Motti said.

Mr Row­lands was born in Biloela in 1945 and grew up in the Tully area be­fore start­ing his work­ing life as a cadet surveyor with McIntyre and As­so­ci­ates.

LEGACY: John Row­lands.

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