Former Katherine MP and mayor, Fay Miller, will be honoured with a State Funeral following her death at the age of 75, Northern Territory Chief Minister, Natasha Fyles, announced today.
Ms Miller passed away on Saturday after a lengthy battle with an incurable bone marrow cancer.
The funeral will be held on 26 May in Darwin, with further details to be announced shortly, the Chief Minister said.
“Fay Miller was a pioneering Territory woman. She paved the way for many, and was a strong advocate of her community.”
“This State Funeral for Fay will recognise her decades of community service, and how she meant so much to so many. On behalf of the Northern Territory Government, I pay our respects to Fay’s husband Dennis, along with her children and grandchildren,” the Chief Minister said.
Ms Miller was the Member for Katherine in NT Parliament from 2003 to 2008, and the town’s mayor from 2012 to 2020.
In 2021, she was appointed a member of the Order of Australia for significant service to local government, tourism, and the Katherine community.
“During Fays tenure of Katherine Mayor we worked with Fay on community initiatives for Katherine. She always fought for her community and was always constructive,” the Chief Minister said.
“Fay was an advocate for all, and always led from the front. She was caring and compassionate.
“On behalf of all Territorians, I pay tribute to a very generous and courageous woman who is missed by so many,” she said.