Tributes flow for popular surveyor
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.