The Queensland Rugby League has today paid tribute to former Independent Director Terry Mackenroth, who passed away yesterday aged 68.
A passionate supporter of the game in Queensland, Mr Mackenroth loved to watch his grandchildren play junior footy and was a regular at Langlands Park where he cheered on his beloved Easts Tigers in the Intrust Super Cup.
Eager to contribute further to the game, he became a respected voice around the QRL board room table following his appointment as an Independent Director in 2006.
Having completed a notable parliamentary service that spanned nearly 30 years, the former Deputy Premier and Treasurer brought a unique skill set and vast knowledge and experience to his role with the QRL.
Mr Mackenroth finished his time on the QRL Board in late 2017 after 11 years of service.
Among his many achievements, he was instrumental in the establishment of the Australian Rugby League Commission in 2012.
As the chair of the QRL's Business & Development Committee, Mr Mackenroth worked closely with QRL head office staff and key stakeholders, including the Major Competition clubs.
QRL Chairman Bruce Hatcher said Terry had many special qualities that made him a valuable contributor to the game.
"One thing about him, I've never seen a bloke work a room like he did," Mr Hatcher said.
"He also had an ability to make people feel comfortable. He'd never leave a person sitting in the corner, he'd go over and have a chat to them and bring them into the conversation.
"He was a very good mentor to managers and staff within the organisation."
Mr Hatcher said Terry's "broad experience" with government and governance processes had been an asset to the QRL.
"His contribution to the game at all levels was quite significant," Mr Hatcher said.
"He had an interest in grassroots, right through to the elite level of the game. He was a patron at Easts and regularly attended their games.
"Terry was always supportive of the Intrust Super Cup and provided strong leadership in resolving many club based issues.
"He resolved a lot of issues between rugby league and the State Government, and he was instrumental in the re-development of Suncorp Stadium."