Tunzafun gearing up for Christmas
Mulwala’s Tunzafun Amusement Park will be the forerunner of amusement parks in the southern region of NSW and northern Victoria.
That’s the view of recently appointed manager of the popular amusement park, Phil Bott.
The 64-year-old from Melbourne loves his “tree change” from Melbourne and all the developments at the Melbourne Street Tunzafun.
Numerous brand new rides - all enclosed under new facilities – have captured the attention of locals and visitors.
Twelve brand new BMW dodgem cars, four Teacup Character Rides, four Krazy Cars and a Gyroscope Ride under cover of one big new building will suit all ages of people.
The four Krazy Cars are a mini version of the larger Krazy Cars which will remain in their location but in a more user-friendly and enlarged area. The existing dodgem cars will remain in their area. These two areas are separated by the existing lawned barbecue area.
A brand new Carousel with 18 seats will replace the cheroplane, also under cover of a shed which is nearing completion.
“Tunzafun is an exciting project at the moment,” Phil told the Yarrawonga Chronicle. “I’m a big one on safety aspects. Anyone who enters and leaves Tunzafun must do safely. Have a good time without the worry of an injury - that’s Tunzafun. I am very safety conscious.”
Phil’s background includes being a maintenance manager in Melbourne for two years with Accor Group of Hotels and five years with Oaks Group of Hotels and Resorts. He possesses first aid and O.H.& S. certificates.
He won’t use the word but he was a star darts player. Phil also played about 250 games of football with East Kew and North Balwyn in the South East Suburban League, as a defender.
The new manager was welcomed to Tunzafun by park co-ordinator Robert (Possum) Purtle OAM.
“We welcome Phil. His name is the same as Graham Bott (previous manager) but no relation!” Possum said.
“We sadly miss Graham’s expertise and thank him very much for setting up and running Tunzafun over approximately 11 years.
“The support we’re getting from our volunteers with these huge developments has just been sensational. I express a huge thank you to the likes of Daryl Davey (reigning Citizen of Year), George Jenkins, Tony Cusack, Neal Spratling, Noel Owen and Ron Hall. Without them, we couldn’t have a bigger and better Tunzafun.”
Phil also expressed his appreciation to the volunteers, and to the support of the public and visitors.
Key volunteer George Jenkins loves the new rides from China for Tunzafun. In June this year, George and retired chief, Graham Bott, went to China for a week fact-finding mission and returned satisfied.
“We went to Zhengzhou which has a population of 11 million people,” George said. “The company (Jinshan) looked after us and we chose rises which are popular at other funfairs and shows.
“All up, it’s cost some $150,000 to get them all here and over the 11 years since we’ve taken over Tunzafun we’ve probably spent $750,000.”
George said Tunzafun is unique to country Victoria. “There’s nothing like it in north-east Victoria or outside of Melbourne,” he said.
“We’ve got people coming from Albury, Wodonga, Nathalia and Shepparton to see what we have.”
While locals and visitors have been enjoying the mini-golf, trampolines and dodgem cars, volunteers have been working hard to having everything in place as soon as practicable. It is a big job.
“We expect to have two-thirds of Tunzafun operational by Christmas,” Phil said. By then, there will be lots more of fun for all ages of people, bringing smiles to the faces of all ages of people, even if it’s just watching your grandkids enjoying themselves.
Robert Purtle OAM welcomes new Tunzafun Manager Phil Bott. Also pictured are new Krazy Cars, new Gyroscope and of course, mini-golf in the background under shade sails.