Mildura Weekly : Friday July 29 Vol 10 No 38
20 NEWS MILDURA WEEKLY FRIDAY, JULY 29, 2016 ‘Bomber’ calls quits on illustrious police career • From Page 9 “I went back into the academy in Oc- tober 1979 as a 37-year-old, and was sta- tioned in Mildura in January 1980. “That in itself was lucky, because when I made the decision to go back I expected to have to relocate the family. I was lucky enough to get a job here, and started in general duties.” Leading Snr Const. Tonzing said he had been lucky enough to work in a number of community pro- grams, including ‘stranger danger’ and ‘bike ed,’ while also having the chance to work in general policing before developing an interest in prosecution. “Back in those days it was the sergeants that undertook all of the prosecuting work, and I got interested in the early 1990s,” he said. “I went down and did the course, and actually failed the first time. “I ended up going back to have anoth- er crack, passed, and came back to Mildu- ra, where there was a prosecutor vacancy.” His prosecution career officially began in 1993, with Leading Snr Const. Tonzing remaining in the role ever since. “It’s been a long career, and one where I have made many friends,” he said. “I was by myself in the early days, and now there’s four staff here. “While it’s been hard work, and stress- ful at times, I have loved every minute.” With 23 years in the prosecution game under his belt, Leading Snr Const. Tonzing said he had been involved in a number of high-profile cases – too many, in fact, to recount. “I remember doing a committal hear- ing when I first started with a bloke who had shot someone in Fourteenth Street,” he said. “I had also only been here for a short time when a big drug crop out at Nangiloc was found.” Leading Snr Const. Tonzing counts his long association with the Mildura Koori Court, which only recently cel- ebrated its 10th birthday, as the highlight of his career. “I had always been interested in Ab- original culture, and was lucky enough to be involved in the Koori Court from day one,” he said. “I’ve met some great people through the Koori Court, and some of the elders are great people who have really opened my eyes to how kids can get into trou- ble.” Leading Snr Const. Tonzing described the Koori Court as “truly unique.” “These young offend- ers are forced to face their elders when they break the law, and it really has surprised me just how much they hate doing that,” he said. “Some of the elders don’t mess around, and tell them how it is and it can be very confronting.” Outside of the police force ‘Bomber’ was known as a tough footy player in his day, playing predominately with Merbein throughout the 1970s, with his football career finishing at age 44. The father of three, who is also now a grandfather, and great-grandfather, also has a love of the Murray River, and has built not one, but two houseboats in his time, the second of which was construct- ed in memory of his late wife Ruth. Only a week away from retirement, Bomber said he was looking forward to enjoying some quiet time, while plan- ning more Murray River adventures. SUNRAYSIA businesses have won big at the re- cent Regional Tourism Awards, with three local tourism operators earning acknowledgements on the night. Sunraysia Cellar Door (Tourism Wineries, Distilleries and Breweries) and Mildura House- boats (Unique Accommodation) won Gold in their respective categories, while The Gol Gol Hotel received a Silver Award in the Tourism Restaurants and Catering Services category. Held at the Moama Bowling Club last weekend, the Regional Tourism Awards aims to showcase tourism operators and businesses achieving great things in their field. Sunraysia Cellar Door owner, Greg Chris- tensen, said he was “over the moon” to receive such recognition. “It’s a fantastic exercise to get an idea about how your business is going and viewed,” he said. “We have now officially been open for three years... this is great recognition for all the staff and everyone involved. “It’s not an easy process, and there was a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes to put a submission like this together. “Looking at the judge’s comments they real- ly liked our originality, as we are the only place that is home to 22 different wineries under the one roof.” Mildura Houseboats owner, Marina Dur- ban, was similarly pleased to be recognised through the awards. “It’s very exciting, and something that I think the entire region should be proud of,” she said. “To have three winners come from our re- gion goes to show that Mildura has a lot to offer tourists visiting our region.” Describing the judging and submission pro- cess as intense, Marina said winning Gold at the Regional Tourism Awards could open the door for future opportunities. “It certainly increases interest in your busi- ness, while also demonstrating that you are on the right track,” she said. “My husband Chris and I started this business 15 years ago, and have developed it into an attraction that offers something for everyone.” Swan Hill’s Pioneer Settlement was also fea- tured on the night, taking out the Silver Award in the Cultural Tourism category. Murray Regional Tourism (MRT) chair, Wendy Greiner, said she was thrilled with the outcome, and congratulated all winners and fi- nalists. “To have all 18 of our region’s finalists (in- cluding those in Sunraysia) in the Awards recog- nised as some of the best tourism operators and attractions in the four Victorian and New South Wales regional tourism areas of Central, Inland, Murray and the Riverina is an absolutely out- standing result,” she said. The Murray as a whole received 10 Gold Awards, five Silver Awards and two Bronze Awards, along with one high commendation. Sunraysia Cellar Door and Mildura House- boats will now compete for finalist positions at the RACV Victorian Tourism Awards and NSW Tourism Awards, to be held in November. Sunraysia tourism businesses win gold at Regional Awards • Sunraysia Cellar Door’s Greg and Sue Christensen. STEPHEN J. T. JONES.................. B. Optom. F.A.C.O. ROSALYN K. B. VOULLAIRE......... B. Optom. 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