Gerry WoodGerard Wood attended Salesian College Chadstone from 1962 to 1967. Whilst at school he was involved in various sporting teams including Football, Swimming and Tennis, and Running. He completed a Horticultural Science degree at Burnley Horticulture Centre before travelling to the Daly River in the Northern Territory as a lay missionary. He was also actively involved in developing sporting clubs for the youth of the area, lobbying for better conditions for the indigenous people.
On Bathurst Island he continued to lobby for the improvement of the Indigenous community, and used most of his money for working towards fighting the excessive alcohol abuse that was occurring.
Later, he moved to Howard Springs on the mainland where he became very involved in the local Government, and was elected president of the Litchfield Shire. He was elected to Parliament as an Independent in 2001 and has been a member of the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory ever since. As an MP, he has served on a number of committees, including privileges, public accounts, and economic policy scrutiny.
Gerry is still very much involved in developing sporting clubs in the NT, and has put much of his own money into developing these clubs. He has continued to maintain his connection with the Salesian community, particularly in the area of Palmerston North.
Gerry and his wife, Imelda, have three daughters and four grandchildren. Gerry has two brothers, Michael and Rob, who are also past pupils. His nephew, Andrew, is also a past pupil and Hall of Fame inductee (2016) for his brave efforts to rescue police officers at the Middle Park gas explosion in 2014.
Hall Of Fame Inductee - Australian Politics
Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory