Tribute paid to Rob Seekamp
Friday, 3rd September, 2010
The NSW parliament has been told that Broken Hill grazier Robert Seekamp was a champion for the education of children and property owners in the bush.
Mr Seekamp passed away due to an aircraft accident on 21 June.
Member for Murray-Darling John Williams on Wednesday told parliament that the loss of a grazier of such high stature in Broken Hill was being felt by all the people in the Western Division.
Mr Seekamp was born the only son of Hilary and Carl Seekamp and grew up on Woolcunda Station, a property he owned up until his death and shared with his wife Vic and his children, Tara, Tim, Angus, Adrian and Josh.
Mr Williams said a lot of grief was associated with his passing.
"Rob Seekamp was an exceptional person in my opinion.
"He was totally and utterly committed to the education of students in the remote areas of New South Wales.
"Rob joined the Isolated Children's Parents Association (ICPA) and later became the President of the association from 1994 until 1998. He was on the NSW State Council from 1998 until 2004.
"During this time Rob was totally and absolutely committed to ensuring that children in isolated regions got the best possible education.
"Rob was the Chairman of the Committee for Allison House Students Accommodation, a residential facility that provides accommodation for isolated school students in Broken Hill.
"Rob was also the local convener for Volunteers for Isolated Students Education, an organisation that allows retired teachers to come into the remote areas of NSW and provides educational assistance for young students who are trying to progress themselves in those areas.
As the Chairman of the Pastoralists' Association of West Darling, he was committed to ensuring that all pastoralists got a fair and equitable deal and he did not miss an opportunity with regard to commitment by governments to the grazing fraternity.
"Rob was a committee member for the Broken Hill Agricultural Fair from its inception; he worked very hard to ensure the organisation's success.
"Rob was certainly a champion for the education of children in the bush and for graziers in the bush. Rob will be sadly missed by all.
"It has been a very sad time for the Western Division. Rob died before his time; I know he had a lot more to give. Unfortunately he was taken at this time. Vale Rob Seekamp," Mr Williams said.