Page 1164 - Week 04 - Wednesday, 25 March 2015

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I took the opportunity of the day to take out one of the Reliance rotary team’s Mazda RX-7s. Having competed in the cars since the 1980s, including using one to take a win in class during the Rally of Canberra in 1993, these rotary-based engines have always been a favourite of mine due to their technological advantage. It continues to be the car of choice for many motorsport enthusiasts.

The hill climb track, which has been recently resurfaced to a level similar to the famous Mount Panorama track, was an absolute joy. Though improving my runs throughout the day, I found that I will never be as fast as I was in my youth—but I will still be faster than Ellie Yates in my office.

This track was funded from an ACT government grant and has allowed the club to continue to host state-level events. I would like to congratulate the competitors from this event—Rick Austin, John Samin, Luke Williams, Toby Findlay, Colin Chandler, Mark Homer, Stephen Delaney, Daniel Hughes, Steven French, Ross Samuelson, Matthew Joyce, Ryan Thompson, John Engisch, Brenton Desmond, Michael Primrose, Jon Primrose, lain Chandler, David Leaney, Mark Wyatt, Todd Wilson, Ben Ward, Matt Howard, Lane Brian, Brendan Coote, Tony Smart, Robert Black, Mathew Tulloh, William Goodwin, Gareth Wiggan, Aleksandar Zlatar, Henry Mataczyna, Dean Chapman, Daniel Cummins, Jim Sharples, Mick Rankin, Stephen Wilde, Tabitha Wilde, Mal Dunning, Keith Shinerock, Ben Lieske and David Pattie—on their times and contributions to HeartKids, as well as congratulating the event’s corporate sponsors, Tongue & Groove, Ox Eatery, Gus’ Cafe, the Hospitality Store, Duxton, and DriveGHT, who have all contributed to the continuing success of the event.

Finally, I would like to thank the committee for the hill climb—Chris Hardy, Teppo Nupponen, David Peisley, Barbara Bennett, Rohan Thatcher, Dave King, Daniel Cummins, Henry Hilhorst, Todd Wilson, Terry Bennett, Col Merz, John Stewart, David Yates, Paul Wyatt, Mark Wyatt, Sue-Ellen Bulleah, Geoff Bassingthwaighte, Anthony Hyde and Bob Wootton—and the sponsors—MG Earthworks, Reliance Automotive Services and Revell Steering—all of whom continue to maintain and grow the southern district motorsport club, one of the largest motorsport clubs in the ACT, which continues to bring speed off the streets and to the club.

I conclude by encouraging all those with an interest in this club to go out to Sutton Road and watch the variety of cars compete. It is a great way to spend a Sunday. I recognise Mr Coe’s attendance there as well.

Canberra Area Theatre awards 2014

MR COE (Ginninderra) (5.25): I rise tonight to congratulate and acknowledge all those involved in the 2014 Canberra Area Theatre awards announced on 22 February. As in previous years, I would like to acknowledge the many winners: best set designer for a play, Gowrie Varma and Ellie Greenwood; best set designer for a musical, Mark Bell; best costume designer for a play, Helen Drum; best costume designer for a musical or variety show, Sam Lloyd; best costume designer for a school or youth production, Lydia McNamara; best lighting designer, Blake Thomas and Peter Telford; technical achievement, Russell Brown and Maria Stewart; magic moment of the theatre, “the shrinking witch”, The Wizard Of Oz, Brindabella Christian College;

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