Big wigs line up for lap of the ac­tion

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

TOWNSVILLE’S movers and shak­ers weren’t the only ones en­joy­ing the Su­per­cars ac­tion in cor­po­rate fa­cil­i­ties with a glass of Moet, with some of the state’s lead­ers mak­ing a pit­stop in the North.

Pre­mier An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk vis­ited Reid Park yes­ter­day on her way to Cairns ahead of this week’s Cabi­net meet­ings.

The Pre­mier was treated to a grid walk yes­ter­day af­ter­noon with a num­ber of col­leagues in­clud­ing Trans­port and En­ergy Min­is­ter Mark Bai­ley, Min­is­ter As­sist­ing the Pre­mier Co­ralee O’Rourke, Thuringowa MP Aaron Harper, Townsville MP Scott Ste­wart and Mayor Jenny Hill. Ms Palaszczuk proved to be just as pop­u­lar as the Su­per­cars drivers. Lo­cal me­dia were kept wait­ing for more than two hours for a sched­uled chat with the Pre­mier, who they were told was held up by fans in the crowd want­ing to get self­ies.

Townsville City Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Adele Young was seen suited up in rac­ing at­tire be­fore be­ing taken for a hot lap around the Reid Park track. Cow­boys coach Paul Green, play­ers Kyle Feldt and An­to­nio Win­ter­stein were also treated to a lap.

The big dis­ap­point­ment was the no- show of Vir­gin Aus­tralia’s founder Richard Bran­son. He was ru­moured to be in town to catch a race in the cham­pi­onship his com­pany spon­sors but was not sighted.

Bri­anna Rush, 12, with a signed shirt. Pic­ture: FIONA HARD­ING

Sharyn and Gavin Blyth from Con­don got their model cars signed. Pic­ture: FIONA HARD­ING

Todd Hin­schen with son Har­ley, 4, from An­nan­dale. Pic­ture: EVAN MOR­GAN

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