Anna Meares will be presented a Key to the City at the Quay St Party on Friday night.
Anna Meares will be presented a Key to the City at the Quay St Party on Friday night. DEAN LEWINS

The hands that crafted the golden key for our golden girl

ANNA Meares is set to become the region's first Key to the City holder in decades, so it was only fitting the special job be completed by a team of Rockhampton locals.

The cycling superstar is set to be presented the solid brass key, weighing 491 grams, by Rockhampton Region mayor Margaret Strelow at the Quay St Party on Friday night.

Rockhampton Regional Council enlisted the help of John Large from Large's furniture and Ted Woodford from Better Machining Service to ensure the historical night was a success.

Ted Woodford from Better Machining Service was tasked with building the Key to the City which will be presented to Anna Meares at the Quay St Party.
Ted Woodford from Better Machining Service was tasked with building the Key to the City which will be presented to Anna Meares at the Quay St Party. Contributed

Mr Woodford, who runs his one-man business out of a small shop on Elphinstone St specialising in making unique pieces, was tasked with building the key.

The key, which was made in three separate sections, took Tom three days to make.

"I do a lot of odd jobs in machinery,” Ted said.

"Certainly I'm happy with how this one turned out.”

Ted Woodford from Better Machining Service was tasked with building the Key to the City which will be presented to Anna Meares at the Quay St Party.
Ted Woodford from Better Machining Service was tasked with building the Key to the City which will be presented to Anna Meares at the Quay St Party. Contributed

For the box needed to house the key, council turned to one of Rockhampton's longest-running cabinet making businesses, Large's Furniture

Large's Furniture manager John Large said the box was made from New Guinea Rosewood and had been stained with a walnut varnish.

The lovingly crafted box, which sits at 35cm wide, 11cm high and 16cm deep was lined with burgundy satin to provide backing for the key.



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