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Jones confident ahead of Throsby showdown

Throsby MP Stephen Jones.Months of rumours about Throsby MP Stephen Jones’s future in the seat will come to a head today as Labor officials call a long-awaited preselection ballot.
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The traditionally safe Labor seat remains one of just two in NSW without an endorsed Labor candidate for the September 14 election.

Former Labor MP Craig Thomson’s seat of Dobell is the only other seat for which the party is yet to preselect a candidate.

When nominations for the ballot open today, Mr Jones will face a challenge from Wollongong nurse John Rumble, in what is shaping up to be a battle between the party’s left and right factions.

MORE: Don’t call him ‘Angry’ … It’s Gary Anderson for Throsby

Former state MP Matt Brown was touted as a possible third candidate after saying locals “missed him”.

It is understood he has now decided against the idea.

Mr Jones, who is from Labor’s left and was parachuted into the Throsby seat in 2007, has been calling for a rank-and-file ballot to occur since late last year.

He said yesterday he was angry it had taken this long to allow branch members to decide who would represent them in September.

“I think it’s an absolute joke that it has taken so long for the party officers to sort this out and call it, and I think they have held the branches and members in contempt by dragging it out for so long,” he said.

Mr Jones said he had no doubt party members would support him in the ballot.

“I’m absolutely confident of my position and that I will be the candidate for Labor in the 2013 election,” he said.

“I know the people in my branches, I’ve spoken to them all and I’ve known most of them for years, and the overwhelming majority of them are supporting me.”

Likewise, Mr Rumble was confident of being supported by a majority of branch members.

“I have gathered support from branch members and I am quietly confident of winning,” he said.

“Running against a sitting member is always going to be difficult but I think I am in with a very good chance.”

Mr Rumble, who is the son of former Illawarra (now the state seat of Shellharbour) MP Terry Rumble, narrowly missed win- ning preselection in Shellharbour in 2011. Despite reports that Wollongong’s state MP Noreen Hay was involved in a right faction push to install Mr Rumble as the Throsby member, she yesterday denied any involvement in federal affairs.

“I have been overseas and have no inside knowledge,” she said.

“I haven’t spoken to anybody on this issue.

“I work well with all my colleagues and that includes Stephen Jones and basically the NSW branch of the Labor Party and the administrative panel will make their determination and I would encourage them to do so ASAP.”

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Students find their happy space with the ducks

The quackers help make lunch a social occasion with Kai Paijmans and Naomi Cox. Picture: ORLANDO CHIODOWhen University of Wollongong Wellbeing Centre co-ordinator Naomi Cox extended an open invitation to “Dine with the Ducks”, she didn’t expect so many feathered friends to RSVP.
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Around 150 students attended the event held at the university campus at lunchtime yesterday as part of an initiative introduced this year to boost student wellbeing physically, mentally, spiritually and socially.

Ms Cox said UOW Wellbeing, funded through the student services and amenities fee, aimed to “enhance the student experience”.

MORE: UOW’s positive residence first of its kind

“It’s about helping students to be positive and proactive both at university and in their own lives, and we’re doing that through a range of approaches,” she said.

“We have a physical centre on campus where students can come to relax and get information and it is also a referral point for different services on campus and out in the community.

“We are also establishing a campus presence through a series of activities such as yoga and meditation as well as health campaigns and events.

“And we have a strong online presence with a Facebook page and website which contain messages, updates and resources.”

MORE: UOW to investigate Chinese medicine

Ms Cox said Dine with the Ducks was part of UOW Wellbeing’s “Get Connected” campaign.

“This is a focus on the social dimension of health,” she said.

“It’s about social connection and establishing networks at university and in the community, which is important for wellbeing and happiness.”

Sandwiches and soup were given to those who attended the event, and while the ducks mainly stayed on the sidelines of the gathering they flocked to Ms Cox’s side when she sat down for her lunch.

“The scenery and wildlife is a great part of the campus,” she said, “and we wanted to encourage people to take a break from study, sit down and enjoy their surrounds and interact with others.”

UOW Wellbeing ran a health-screening campaign on campus this year and will be holding an event to support Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea on Tuesday.

The centre will also be running events to help students combat stress and maintain a balanced life during the exam period.

“UOW Wellbeing has had a really positive and overwhelming response from students – and we’ve been getting hundreds of people turning up at events,” Ms Cox said.

“We want to provide as many opportunities as possible for people to get healthy, be positive and stress less.”

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Team just a shadow of the past

STAR: Pink Panthers’ Lorraine Cole brings the ball into attack.IN A bitter blow for the Mount Isa Amateur Netball Association, Spinifex Shadows have pulled out of the competition.
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Shadows struggled through the season with limited numbers, before ultimately pulling the pin on their team earlier this week.

The association will work with Shadows’ players still willing to play, moving them to suitable teams respective of grading.

On the court, round eight action is highlighted by several enthralling clashes, poised to split the women from the girls.

Merilyn Harding’s Isa News Remploy take on 2PH Redbacks in the showcase match of the 7.30pm time slot.

Redbacks will be fresh after their bye last week, while Remploy will take plenty of confidence from their 13-point win over Cruisers.

HV&IS Vixens and Strikers are one of two intriguing battles set to take place from 6pm.

Vixens went down to the dominant Isa News Pirtek last start, but can take heart from the fact they weren’t completely played off the court.

Like Pirtek, Strikers are one of the powerhouse teams in the competition, so it will be no means be a walk in the park for Vixens.

2Ph Timewarps and Snow Leopards will also be a match worth watching, as Christine Sonego, Alaina Ardrey and Renee Gattera and co. build on last week’s 41-20 victory over Matariki 3.

Of the division one sides in action, Matariki take on Stingers while Isa News Pirtek sit out due to the absence of Shadows.

Round 8 Mount Isa Netball Association fixture

(Time Court Team 1 Team 2 Umpires)

4.30pm court 2 Pink Panthers v GSCC, Assoc & HV&IS Vixens; 4.30pm court 3 Isa News CNW jnr v Shooting Stars, Matariki 4 & Isa News 5; 4.30pm court 4 Victorious Secrets v Isa News CNW 2, Assoc & Shadows; 6pm court 2 Isa News 5 v Matariki 4, Isa News CNW jnr & Shooting Stars; 6pm court 3 Isa News Mitech v Nettaroos, Ultimates & Workpac Warriors; 6pm court 4 Strikers v HV&IS Vixens, Matariki & Stingers; 6pm court 6 2PH Timewarps v Snow Leopards, Matariki 3 & Thunder; 6pm court 7 Super Nova v Sparks, Isa News Pirtek & GSCC; 6pm court 8 Matariki 2 v St Joeys, Isa News Remploy & 2Ph Redbacks; 7.30pm court 2 Matariki 3 v Thunder, Isa News Mitech & Nettaroos, 7.30pm court 3 Ultimates v Workpac Warriors, 2Ph Timewarps & Snow Leopards; 7.30pm court 4 Matariki v Stingers, Assoc & Strikers; 7.30pm court 7 Isa News Remploy v 2Ph Redbacks, Super Nova & Sparks. Byes – Isa News Pirtek, 2Ph Shots & Cruisers

Court duties: set up – GSCC, close – 2PH Redbacks

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Toole takes bed fears to Minister

THE community’s concerns over bed closures at Bathurst Base Hospital have been taken to the health minister.
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Bathurst MP Paul Toole is acting following the release of plans by the Bathurst Health Service to close five surgical beds from June 3.

This would result in staffing levels being reduced by five full-time nursing positions and see the number of surgical beds in use slashed from 20 to 15.

Members of the Bathurst Medical Staff Council were livid at the news being delivered via email to department heads and medical staff by health service general manager David Wright.

They claimed there had been no consultation about the cuts and that the decision is “purely about saving money”.

READ MORE: Bed closurea mistake, says health boss

OPINION: Fears for future of our hospital

There is also discontent amongst local GPs and local health service staff that nearby Orange Hospital has been given additional funding and services for a number of years, to the detriment of Bathurst.

Mr Toole said yesterday he is concerned at the lack of consultation in the whole process and was raising the matter with Health Minister Jillian Skinner.

“The first I knew of the cutbacks was when I read it on the front page of the Western Advocate last Saturday,” the Bathurst MP said.

“Like members of the medical staff council, I also have concerns about these changes and will be meeting with the health minister and health service chief executive in coming weeks to pass on both mine and the community’s concerns.

“The fact there are ‘surge beds’ available to cope with demand should it arise can’t work unless there’s also staff there to man them.

“We need to come up with a model that is workable to ensure patient care is a priority. There has to be a contingency to bring nurses in when the need to open these surge beds arises, instead of shunting the patients off to Orange.”

As far as Bathurst Base Hospital being a poor cousin when it comes to funding compared to Orange Base Hospital, Mr Toole said the key is to keep building the specialist services out of Bathurst.

“The more activity we can get based here the more funding we can get,” he said.

“There needs to be a strategic plan across the whole district where can we identify what Bathurst, Orange and Dubbo hospitals do well.

“That will come out later this year, and I am sure that will present Bathurst as a centre of excellence when it comes to providing certain health services.

“For example, Bathurst already has two additional dialysis chairs, two new ecologist specialists have started at Daffodil Cottage and the $250,000 refurbishment to the young mental health facility at the hospital was only opened this week.”

Councillor Jess Jennings from Bathurst Regional Council, who is also the Labor candidate for Calare in the upcoming federal election, said the current cuts to vital health services in the NSW hospital system are just a small taste of what’s to come if the federal Coalition is elected to govern Australia in September.

THE community’s concerns over bed closures at Bathurst Base Hospital have been taken to the health minister.

“Make no mistake, the Coalition will reduce money and resources for health,” he said.

“They have made it clear the Medicare local services will go, which in Bathurst provide vital after hours medical and related services.”

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When Mother’s Day makes you sad

Mother’s Day conjures so many images: earnestly clumsy handcrafts and cards, inedible breakfasts in bed, cafes crowded with families over lunch, stiff carnation bouquets and bored children softly squabbling while trailing their mothers at craft markets.
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For many, Mother’s Day is a celebration of the here and now – the mother whose hand we can hold before handing over a gift. But for others, Mother’s Day can be a reminder their mother is no longer around.

PhD student Danya Vears, 31, from South Melbourne says, “Mother’s Day can be a tough day. It can be difficult seeing people with their mothers… I will never be able to do that again. It makes me miss the little things – going out for coffee with her or just being able to unload on the phone.”

Often, Vears finds the promotion of the day just as bad as the event, “It’s also the lead up to the day….I miss her often but sometimes it feels like Mother’s Day rubs it in your face a little.”

Vears’ feelings are closer to the original intention behind Mother’s Day than you might expect.

Mother’s Day as we know it was initially created to honor a mother who had passed. In 1907, Anna Jarvis held the first Mother’s Day service and gave out carnations to pay tribute to her mother, Ann, a social activist during the American Civil War. Jarvis held the first event to remember her mother, before campaigning tirelessly to make the day a national event.

Jarvis later decided Mother’s Day was over commercialised and actually campaigned against her achievement. The day and her criticism still stand but others have found special ways to mark the ocassion and remember the mothers they once knew.

Vears will mark the day the same way she has for the past few years: by taking part in the Mother’s Day Classic, a fun run and walk that raises funds for breast cancer and an event she used to attend with her mum.

“The first year after she died I decided I would run the 4km as a tribute to her,” she says. “I felt like pushing myself a little to do something like that was something she would have been proud of – I was never very sporty when I was younger but I knew my mum had been, so it seemed fitting.”

Mother’s Day for Brunswick based writer Clementine Ford will be less energetic.

“Anniversaries affect me very little,” she admits. “My strategies are the same as those I employ every day – I allow myself to feel both grief and happiness when they come, and feel grateful that I had her at all.”

Knowing that it does affect others, Ford takes to social media on Mother’s Day.

“I usually reach out to other people I know may be having difficulty. I might post something on Facebook offering solace and solidarity to others in the Dead Or Absent Mothers Club,” she says.

For both, family cycles continue and grow with new challenges and celebrations. For Vears, it’s been discovering an interest in running while for Ford, an impending addition to her family.

“I’ve never felt anything like the anticipation I feel for my sister’s baby,” Ford says. “Charlotte’s due about ten days after my mother died, but we both feel it would be a nice symmetry to have the baby come on the actual date. Whatever happens, that child is going to grow up knowing who their grandmother was and hopefully feeling as connected to her as is possible.”

On a day when many are reminded of a crucial family connection that has been lost, the day can be softened, perhaps even celebrated, by the connections we’ve made since.

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State government’s cardiac donation to hospital a $110,000 heart starter

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Cardiac patients at Maitland hospital will receive enhanced care after the state government funded eight mobile heart monitoring units worth $110,000.

The additional machines will help cardiologists and specialist staff assess and monitor patients in the coronary care and high dependency unit.

Health Minister Jillian Skinner and Maitland MP Robyn Parker will make the announcement during a visit to the hospital on Friday.

“It’s wonderful to visit Maitland Hospital to announce the addition of this equipment for the benefit of patients and staff,” Ms Skinner said.

“These mobile heart monitoring units will ease pressure in the hospital’s busy emergency department while also supporting staff to continue to provide the quality care for which they are known.”

The units assist patients with heart-related symptoms such as irregular heart rhythms, chest pain, stroke-like symptoms to provide a quick and accurate diagnosis.

“In the past, some of these patients have remained in the emergency department hooked up to permanent bedside monitors while waiting for mobile units to become available,” Ms Skinner said.

Ms Parker said the monitors would allow patients to move from the emergency department into a ward where the could continue to receive specialist care and be monitored.

“This will encourage patient flow in the hospital while also alleviating demand on the emergency department, especially coming into the busy winter period,” Ms Parker said.

Hospital general manager Trish Wilson said the units would bring a range of benefits including allowing patients to be move around.

“Because the units are portable, patients will be able to get out of bed and move about, which is something we encourage wherever possible,” she said.

BOOST: A $110,000 package from the state government will fund eight mobile heart monitoring units

“The units help patients to retain their independence and mobility.”

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Hectic pace for Governor General’s inaugural visit

GOVERNOR General Quentin Bryce has a hectic schedule of events lined up for her visit to Bathurst next Tuesday.
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THE details of the Governor General’s visit were being finalised yesterday.

They include a lap of Mount Panorama in the George Reed Special which is housed at the National Motor Racing Museum.

A Bathurst Regional Council spokesperson said yesterday everything was coming together nicely in what would be a special occasion for the region.

“It’s not so much the red tape involved with a visit of this magnitude, because the Governor General says she wants it all be pretty relaxed,” the spokesperson said.

“The challenge is to get all the logistics sorted out because it’s a pretty tight schedule to work with to ensure the visit runs smoothly and to time.

“The Governor General wants to see as much of Bathurst as possible while she’s here.”

The spokesperson said the Governor General’s visit coincides with National Families Week and Volunteers Week.

“As such, meeting a cross-section of the Bathurst community is the focus of her visit,” the spokesperson said. “At this stage we believe she will be travelling here by car and when she arrives around lunchtime will be taken past the cathedral belltower in Kings Parade which will have its bells peeling in her honour.

“Her agenda includes meeting local Aboriginal community members involved with the Sir Joseph Banks Nature Reserve and Towri Mac Functional Centre and then a visit to Carenne School.”

Other commitments include a visit to Charles Sturt University and a tour of the dental facility and nursing facilities.

That will be followed at 3.45pm by a civic reception in the Pit Complex Mount Panorama which is open to the public. Everyone is welcome to attend.

While yet to be confirmed, the Governor General is also expected to meet business owners on a walk through the central business district.

The final engagement for the Governor General will be at the local Chamber of Commerce “Business After Hours” gathering at The Grange at CSU which starts at 6pm.

VISIT: GOVERNOR General Quentin Bryce has a hectic schedule of events lined up for her visit to Bathurst next Tuesday.

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VIDEO: Bystanders pull man from train tracks

A trainee nurse has saved a man from an oncoming train after he fell onto the tracks in Brisbane.
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The 56-year-old man appeared disoriented when he stepped off the platform and fell one metre on to the tracks at Wooloowin station, in Brisbane’s north, at 8.02am on Thursday.

The 8.05am Doomben to Cleveland train was due to pull in to the station within minutes.

Bystanders pull a man from the tracks at Wooloowin station.Photo: Supplied

A trainee nurse who saw the man immediately ran to his aid, risking her own life by jumping on to the tracks.

Queensland Rail customer service officer Jill Lyten, who happened to be waiting for her regular morning train, also witnessed the incident.

“My training just kicked in,” she said.

Ms Lyten found the phone number for QR’s control room on her work ID card and raised the alarm.

“I knew that I had to get the number and get to control and stop the train,” she said.

Ms Lyten was visibly shaken as she recounted the events of the morning.

“We know how dangerous it actually is,” she said.

QR acting chief executive Jim Benstead praised the brave actions of the trainee nurse, but said it was vital commuters were aware of the emergency call button located at all Brisbane train stations.

“The first thing to do in any incident that may occur on the tracks is to contact … our control centre through the emergency phones at the stations,” he said.

“It could have gone very differently today … it could have been disastrous.”

There were 400 reported near-misses across the QR network last year. More than 150 incidents involved pedestrians.

The 56-year-old man was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

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Bystanders pull a man from the tracks at Wooloowin station. Photo: Supplied

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GALLERY: Knights V Sharks May 5

Action from the Knights V Sharks game at Hunter Stadium on May 5. Cronulla beat the Knights in 21-20 extra time.
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Newcastle Knights VS Cronulla Sharks at Hunter Stadium, Broadmeadow, May 5. Dane Gagai scores for Newcastle, he is embraced by Darius Boyd (facing camera). Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle Knights VS Cronulla Sharks at Hunter Stadium, Broadmeadow, May 5.Newcastle player James McManus. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle Knights VS Cronulla Sharks at Hunter Stadium, Broadmeadow, May 5. Newcastle player Willie Mason stretches for the line, but does not score. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle Knights VS Cronulla Sharks at Hunter Stadium, Broadmeadow, May 5.Newcastle player Willie Mason stretches for the line, but does not score. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle Knights VS Cronulla Sharks at Hunter Stadium, Broadmeadow, May 5. Cronulla player Todd Carney. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle Knights VS Cronulla Sharks at Hunter Stadium, Broadmeadow, May 5. Newcastle player Robbie Rochow. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle Knights VS Cronulla Sharks at Hunter Stadium, Broadmeadow, May 5. Newcastle player David Fa’alogo scores just before half time. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle Knights VS Cronulla Sharks at Hunter Stadium, Broadmeadow, May 5. Newcastle player David Fa’alogo scores just before half time, is embraced by team mates. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle Knights VS Cronulla Sharks at Hunter Stadium, Broadmeadow, May 5. Newcastle player David Fa’alogo scores just before half time, is embraced by team mates. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle Knights VS Cronulla Sharks at Hunter Stadium, Broadmeadow, May 5. Newcastle player David Fa’alogo scores just before half time. Picture shows Knights captain Kurt Gidley, left, is embraced by Dane Gagai, right. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle Knights VS Cronulla Sharks at Hunter Stadium, Broadmeadow, May 5. Newcastle player David Fa’alogo, centre, scores just before half time, and is embraced by team mates. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle Knights VS Cronulla Sharks at Hunter Stadium, Broadmeadow, May 5. Knights player Kade Snowden. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle Knights VS Cronulla Sharks at Hunter Stadium, Broadmeadow, May 5. Injured Sharks player Paul Gallen, centre, talks to Knights player Kade Snowden, right. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle Knights VS Cronulla Sharks at Hunter Stadium, Broadmeadow, May 5. Sharks player Luke Lewis. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle Knights VS Cronulla Sharks at Hunter Stadium, Broadmeadow, May 5. Knights player Aku Uate, centre. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle Knights VS Cronulla Sharks at Hunter Stadium, Broadmeadow, May 5. Knights player Kade Snowden, centre, and Sharks player Todd Carney, right. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle Knights VS Cronulla Sharks at Hunter Stadium, Broadmeadow, May 5. Knights player Willie Mason, left, talks to Sharks player Todd Carney, right. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle Knights VS Cronulla Sharks at Hunter Stadium, Broadmeadow, May 5. Sharks player Todd Carney. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle Knights VS Cronulla Sharks at Hunter Stadium, Broadmeadow, May 5. Knights player Willie Mason. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle Knights VS Cronulla Sharks at Hunter Stadium, Broadmeadow, May 5.Sharks player Luke Lewis. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle Knights VS Cronulla Sharks at Hunter Stadium, Broadmeadow, May 5. Knights captain Kurt Gidley. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle Knights VS Cronulla Sharks at Hunter Stadium, Broadmeadow, May 5. Knights player Chris Houston, right. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle Knights VS Cronulla Sharks at Hunter Stadium, Broadmeadow, May 5. Sharks player Paul Gallen, injured, watches from the sideline. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle Knights VS Cronulla Sharks at Hunter Stadium, Broadmeadow, May 5. Sharks player Jeff Robson kicking the winning goal. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle Knights VS Cronulla Sharks at Hunter Stadium, Broadmeadow, May 5. Sharks player Jeff Robson kicking the winning goal. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle Knights VS Cronulla Sharks at Hunter Stadium, Broadmeadow, May 5. Sharks player Jeff Robson kicking the winning goal. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle Knights VS Cronulla Sharks at Hunter Stadium, Broadmeadow, May 5. Sharks player Jeff Robson kicking the winning goal. Picture shows Sharks player Jonathan Wright, in the air facing camera, embraces Jeff Robson. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle Knights VS Cronulla Sharks at Hunter Stadium, Broadmeadow, May 5. Sharks player Jeff Robson kicking the winning goal. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle Knights VS Cronulla Sharks at Hunter Stadium, Broadmeadow, May 5. Sharks player Jeff Robson kicking the winning goal. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle Knights VS Cronulla Sharks at Hunter Stadium, Broadmeadow, May 5. Knights player Travis Waddell. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle Knights VS Cronulla Sharks at Hunter Stadium, Broadmeadow, May 5.from left to right, Sharks player Luke Lewis embraces Knights player James McManus, Knights players Dane Gagai, Kurt Gidley, on the ground, Robbie Rochow, Darius Boyd. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle Knights VS Cronulla Sharks at Hunter Stadium, Broadmeadow, May 5. from left to right, Sharks player Isaac De Gois, Sharks player Luke Lewis embraces Knights player James McManus, Knights players Dane Gagai, Robbie Rochow. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

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GALLERY: Reed all about it: Chariot for a GG

VIP PASSENGER: Norm Rutherford from Bathurst Regional Council will be in the hot seat when he takes Governor General Quentin Bryce on a lap of Mount Panorama in the 1951 George Reed Special during her visit to the city next Tuesday. Photo: Zenio Lapka. (Flick across to see more photos of Norm getting ready). VIP PASSENGER: Norm Rutherford from Bathurst Regional Council will be in the hot seat when he takes Governor General Quentin Bryce on a lap of Mount Panorama in the 1951 George Reed Special during her visit to the city next Tuesday. Photo: Zenio Lapka. (Flick across to see more photos of Norm getting ready).
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VIP PASSENGER: Norm Rutherford from Bathurst Regional Council will be in the hot seat when he takes Governor General Quentin Bryce on a lap of Mount Panorama in the 1951 George Reed Special during her visit to the city next Tuesday. Photo: Zenio Lapka. (Flick across to see more photos of Norm getting ready).

VIP PASSENGER: Norm Rutherford from Bathurst Regional Council will be in the hot seat when he takes Governor General Quentin Bryce on a lap of Mount Panorama in the 1951 George Reed Special during her visit to the city next Tuesday. Photo: Zenio Lapka. (Flick across to see more photos of Norm getting ready).

VIP PASSENGER: Norm Rutherford from Bathurst Regional Council will be in the hot seat when he takes Governor General Quentin Bryce on a lap of Mount Panorama in the 1951 George Reed Special during her visit to the city next Tuesday. Photo: Zenio Lapka. (Flick across to see more photos of Norm getting ready).

VIP PASSENGER: Norm Rutherford from Bathurst Regional Council will be in the hot seat when he takes Governor General Quentin Bryce on a lap of Mount Panorama in the 1951 George Reed Special during her visit to the city next Tuesday. Photo: Zenio Lapka. (Flick across to see more photos of Norm getting ready).

VIP PASSENGER: Norm Rutherford from Bathurst Regional Council will be in the hot seat when he takes Governor General Quentin Bryce on a lap of Mount Panorama in the 1951 George Reed Special during her visit to the city next Tuesday. Photo: Zenio Lapka. (Flick across to see more photos of Norm getting ready).

VIP PASSENGER: Norm Rutherford from Bathurst Regional Council will be in the hot seat when he takes Governor General Quentin Bryce on a lap of Mount Panorama in the 1951 George Reed Special during her visit to the city next Tuesday. Photo: Zenio Lapka. (Flick across to see more photos of Norm getting ready).

A LAP of iconic Mount Panorama will be a highlight of Governor General Quentin Bryce’s visit to Bathurst next Tuesday.

The Governor General will be treated to a ride in the George Reed Special.

It’s a replica of the car built by Bathurst local George Reed and raced to victory by Warwick Pratley in the Australian Grand Prix, at Narrogin Western Australia in 1951. The car is now part of the National Motor Racing Museum’s permanent collection.

The vehicle is “the baby” of council employee and vintage car enthusiast Norm Rutherford who will be in the driver’s seat for Ms Bryce’s tour of the Mount.

“I hope I can handle the pressure,” Mr Rutherford said yesterday. “That car’s been pretty much my baby right from day one.

“It’s a replica of the original which was destroyed in a speedway accident up the coast in the early 1960s.

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“Myself and Terry (Morgan) did most of the mechanical work down here at the depot. Brian Welch did the paintwork and Gordon Halloran did the bodywork.”

Mr Rutherford said the Governor General would be the most important VIP to experience the joy of riding in the George Reed Special.

“I’ve had to promise to be on my best behaviour, but if the Governor General asks me how well the car goes, who am I to go against her wishes? I have to do what I am told,” he quipped.

Tim Pike from the National Motor Racing Museum said the George Reed Special is still highly regarded in Australian motorsport.

“It was invited down (to Melbourne) for the 85th anniversary of the first grand prix in Australian last year,” he said.

“The car stills runs beautifully. It’s got a big Ford V8 engine in it, but to look at it you would think it looks more like a cute little sports car.”

Mr Pike said the Reed Special had a top speed of about 100 miles per hour but would keep to the 60km/h limit on Tuesday.

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