The Prime Minister, Hon. Peter O’Neill CMG MP, has joined with more than a thousand mourners at the funeral of the Late Sir Michael Curtain KBE in Townsville today.
Speaking after the service, the Prime Minister paid homage to the Curtain Bros founder.
“It is with sadness that we come together to mourn the loss of a true infrastructure pioneer,” the Prime Minister said.
“Many of our people looked up to him as a great business leader
“The number of people who have travelled from Papua New Guinea to be here today is an indication of the respect carried by Sir Mick.
“A man of vision, he could look at a landscape and see how it would be transformed by infrastructure.
“He was not a man to boast or to brag, but with a few words he would get on with the job.
“During our five years in Government, Curtain Brothers has been an important partner in our infrastructure delivery.”
The Prime Minister highlighted the contribution Sir Michael had made to development and strengthening skills around the country.
“Sir Mick gave thousands of people jobs and developed their skills, and helped millions to have better lives through improved roads, bridges and other infrastructure.
“Now, after his passing his work can be seen every day around us in the infrastructure he built and this will remain for hundreds of years.
“Not many people can pass from this world and leave so many monuments to their life’s work.
“Sir Michael’s commitment and work for our country will not be forgotten.”