PROMOTER FOR THE WALK AGAIN SOCIETY
Don is a life-long innovator and philanthropist.
He spent most of his career with the Shipbuilding & Engineering company, NQEA, of which he
was its CEO and Owner. In recognition of his extraordinary contribution to construction, Don
was awarded the QUT Distinguished Constructor’s Award in 2004 and was inducted in to the
QUT Construction Hall of Fame. He specialises in innovative engineering design solutions and
for the last 5 years has worked with leading surgeons in Sydney, developing medical devices
for improving orthopaedic and spinal surgery. (www.dgfry.com.au
Don Fry was Chairman of the Commonwealth Advisory Committee on Homelessness during the
Howard term of Government. He is patron of the FNQ Independent Living Support Association
Inc. and was Chair of the Salvation Army Advisory Board, Cairns Corp. for the last 35 years.
Don is also a co-author with Dr. Ben Goss and others of a paper describing research using
hyperbaric oxygen treatment for animals with traumatic spinal cord injury and continues to be
involved with the ongoing research programme at QUT.
Don Fry is the recipient of Engineers Australia’s most prestigious national awards and an
inaugural inductee to the Queensland Division Hall of Fame