After more than 30 years in a profession he loves, Gary Bond will soon be a retired man.By Hannah Nichols
Mr Bond works with the Department of Primary Industries but has some big plans to spend more time with family and his beloved motorbike.
‘‘I joined the department in April 1980, when the office was still in Hampden St, and I have been in the same role basically ever since,’’ he said.
Mr Bond conducted a lot of trial work for the DPI, including national variety trials and sowing maintenance field work.
His official title of field assistant has seen him take on numerous tasks.
‘‘When I started I was a field assistant and there was three extra staff.
‘‘I used to help with the field work and assist the technical officers .
Mr Bond has really enjoyed his time with the department and says it has a lot to do with the people he has met.
‘‘We had some wonderful staff.
‘‘It has been great getting out into the countryside, meeting some lovely people.
‘‘It’s been a good job and the time has just gone so quickly.’’
Former colleague John Lacy described Mr Bond as humble and ‘‘arguably the best in the department’’.
‘‘He is so skilled at what he does and his expertise in sowing is incredible,’’ Mr Lacy said.
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