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TOWNSVILLE builder Adrian Gabrielli is al­ready a big hit in Win­ton where his com­pany is build­ing the new $ 22 mil­lion Waltz­ing Matilda Cen­tre. He’s putting back into the Win­ton com­mu­nity with jobs, con­tract work and spon­sor­ship. But what the Win­tonites will re­ally love is the sight of the flag of their lo­cal rugby league team, the Dia­mantina Devils fly­ing from the boom of the crane that looms large over the con­struc­tion site in the town’s main street. The Devils are revered in Win­ton and there is no greater fan than Mayor Butch Len­ton. The flag only went up on Fri­day last week, but they reckon Butch drove up and down Elder­slie Street all day, look­ing at it flut­ter­ing in the wind. Go, the mighty Devils. END of an era loom­ing at the Walker Street fun fac­tory with the de­par­ture of coun­cil’s spin doc­tor of 19 years, the pop­u­lar Tony “Chop­per” Wode.

Chop­per ( pic­tured) is fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of his wife, ar­chae­ol­o­gist and num­ber one fan, Dr Shel­ley Greer, who called it a day at James Cook Univer­sity last year.

An ami­able bloke who en­joys a coldie, a punt on the horses and a spot of fish­ing, Chop­per can quickly turn feral when journos ask ques­tions coun­cil would pre­fer were not asked. A cham­pion race caller, he in­tends to de­vote more time to horse rac­ing and of course to fish­ing.

That’s of course af­ter a gen­er­ous send- off to be at­tended by his journo mates. It should be a quiet af­fair. May­ors? He’s had a few. Tony Mooney, Les Tyrell, Jenny Hill. Who was his favourite? He’s not say­ing, but once the blow­torch is ap­plied af­ter a few sher­bets at the send- off it will all come out. He leaves some­time this month.

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