Power and Water remembers Bob ‘Dusty’ Prickett16 January 2017
When it comes to the development of the NT’s water infrastructure, Bob Prickett, known as Dusty is heralded a legend.
Bob passed away peacefully, at the Gordonvale Palliative Care Hospital, on Tuesday afternoon 3rd January 2017, aged 90 years.
“Bob was a character – almost with legend status amongst the Water Operations,” Darryl Day, Managing Director of ICE WaRM (The International Centre of Excellence in Water Resources Management) explained.
Dusty graduated from Auckland University with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering in 1952 to embark on a 30 year career with many accolades.
The late Dusty was a pioneer in the development of the Northern Territory’s water infrastructure in the 1960s. He drove the construction of wastewater treatment ponds in Darwin, Alice Springs and remote communities. Dusty’s passion for developing safe, reliable drinking water supply and distribution systems was unwavered, and prior to the development of the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines.
Dusty trained at the Mount Macedon Civil Defence Training School where he developed experience in disaster preparation and response. As Dusty was one of the few people in the community equipped to develop a cyclone preparation plan, he was able to contribute to Darwin’s post-Cyclone Tracy recovery.
Dusty will also be remembered for his work on a large-scale soil conservation and river control project in New Zealand, the construction of Prestwick Airport in Glasgow, Scotland and the rebuild of the war-damaged Devonport Dockyard for the Royal Navy in the UK.
The civil engineer will be remembered as one of Australia’s most generous benefactors, sponsoring 36 Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowships, primarily in public health.
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