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Artwork on wheels

Friday, 15th August, 2008

While most people send cards or a bunch of flowers as a way of showing their appreciation, Jennie Mallon wanted to do something extra special for her partner Bill Dart.

So she enlisted the help of good friend and well known local artist Howard Steer to add some unique touches to Bill's prized Harley Davidson.

Jennie said she wanted the bike to include Howard's famous picture of the Flying Doctor because the service holds special meaning to her and Bill.

The medical service has come to her aid twice in the last two years.

They flew her to Adelaide for medical attention after she fell more than six metres and broke both arms while loading a truck on a station near Wilcannia.

They were also there when she suffered an aneurysm in Broken Hill.

"I can't say enough good things about them," Jennie said.

"They're just so good. Nothing's ever too much trouble for them."

Jennie was also keen to heap praise on partner Bill.

"He's been wonderful, looking after me."

Upon inspection of his newly decorated bike, Bill said he was delighted.

"It looks great. I think that Howard's done a wonderful job."

While Howard has put his paintbrush to aeroplanes, a ute, miners' hats and other unusual surfaces, this was his first motorcycle. 

"I paint on anything really. It's the first bike I've done.

"It was a real finicky sort of job... really delicate to do."

Jennie and Bill said that in their extensive travels on the bike, they will be sure to promote the good work of the Flying Doctor to those they meet along the way.

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