Bundaberg gets new top cop
IN the past four years, he's handled floods, tsunami alerts and two cyclones, so Bundaberg's new top cop can probably handle anything Bundaberg throws at him.
Superintendent Rowan Bond has just transferred from Mackay to take the helm at Bundaberg Police Station, and has brought more than 30 years' experience with him.
“I've had a lot of experience with disaster management, so I'm very aware of the importance of community preparedness and resilience,” Supt Bond said.
Among his many achievements and accolades, Supt Bond holds dearest a certificate of commendation from the Assistant Commissioner that he was given after the Berajondo tilt train crash.
“I'd just arrived in Gladstone in November 2004, when I got a call at midnight saying the train had come off the tracks,” he said.
Nearly every carriage was derailed in the high-speed crash and one ended up more than 100m away, but fortunately nobody was killed.
Despite being new in the job, then-Inspector Bond stepped up and co-ordinated an amazing rescue effort.
“It was one of the most satisfying responses in my working life – all the training and incident command skills came together,” he said.
It was a situation Supt Bond had been preparing for his whole life.
“I grew up in Rockhampton and went to the police academy in Brisbane when I was 15,” he said.
“I wanted to be a motorcycle policeman from the age of seven, so I always knew I'd end up in the force.
“I've been a motorcyclist my whole life, my son is one and so is my wife, although she mainly rides pillion now.”
Supt Bond said his main passion was restoring classic bikes, especially historic and vintage motorcycles.
He said his collection was his pride and joy and included two vintage Nortons, a BMW and a 1970s Ducati.
But spending a lot of his free time on the open road, Supt Bond has seen first-hand the importance of riding safely.
“Road safety is a big issue in this region. It's another very strong passion of mine and it's a message I will continue to push,” he said.