arren Snowdon MP, the Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Indigenous Affairs and the Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Northern Australia, today acknowledged the passing of renowned architect Paul Pholeros AM on the 2nd of February 2016.
,^^^, Warren Snowdon MP, the Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Indigenous Affairs and the Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Northern Australia, today acknowledged the passing of renowned architect Paul Pholeros AM on the 2nd of February 2016.
Mr Snowdon said, Mr Pholeros was a prominent figure in the health and housing community, who worked tirelessly to improve conditions for remote aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory and beyond.
I first met Paul in the late 70s. He spent more than 30 years’ working to find ways to improve the health outcomes of disadvantaged people, particularly children, by improving their housing and the conditions of their living environments in complex and challenging communities.
He established the organisation Healthabitat in 1998 with Paul Torzillo and Stephan Rainow to assess and fix housing in remote communities.
Paul was a great architect, a great champion for the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. He was inspirational, brave and a really good person. Mr Snowdon said.
His passion for simple and practical solutions to housing problems has improved the lives of hundreds of people living in the top end. People who live and work here have a greatly improved quality of life because of his efforts.
He made complex problems fixable. Paul would always say that there is no problem so big that there isnt a solution. He took this belief into his career as an architect and found affordable and real solutions to housing problems in remote communities.
Its a tribute to the clarity of his thinking that the simple test for livable housing he and Healthabitat developed is now being used in less developed countries around the world.
Improving the quality of housing also has a clear health benefit. Through his work, Paul has helped to tackle eye diseases like trachoma, which remains endemic in some remote communities. By linking housing and health outcomes, he has helped to revolutionise our response to diseases and treatment in remote settings.
I extend my condolences to his family and friends on behalf of the many people he has helped.
May this good man rest in peace.
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