The Sunraysia Branch was formalised in December 2006 and is based in Mildura in Victoria’s sunny northwest. We have a very active and enthusiastic team of JPs and BJs who meet regularly at the Mildura RSL. New members are always very welcome. Please come along and join our happy team.
Chair: Anthony (Tony) Robbins JP (M) 0427 281 273
Vice-Chair: Mrs Jennifer Bennett PSM, JP (M) 0499 880 130
Secretary: Mrs Cheryl Webb JP (M) 0419 531 020
Assistant Secretary: Peter Griffin JP (M) 0409 538 367
Treasurer: Trevor Aust OAM, JP, FRVAHJ (M) 0407 860 447
DSS Co-ordinator: Trevor Aust OAM, JP, FRVAHJ (M) 0408 860 447
Trainers: Tony Robbins, Peter Griffin, Sandra Lawlor
New members are always welcome at our Branch. Information sharing sessions are included in the quarterly meetings where thoughts & ideas are shared between members and support given to all Justices. Please feel free to call Tony on 0427 281 273, Trevor on 0407 860 447 or Cheryl on 0419 531 020 to inquire about joining our Branch.
RVAHJ Sunraysia meets on a quarterly basis at the Mildura RSL, Cnr 10th Street & Madden Avenue, Mildura. Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of March, June, September and December. March & December meetings commence at 6.00pm with June & September meetings commencing at 12:00noon. The Annual General Meeting is held in December together with the quarterly meeting. Meetings are followed by dinner/lunch at the Wirraway Bistro at the RSL. Partners are more than welcome to attend for the meal.
The final quarterly meeting for 2022 will be held at the Mildura RSL on Tuesday 13 December commencing at 6:00pm, to be followed by the Annual General Meeting. All local Justices are most welcome to attend. Members and partners are invited to stay on for dinner in the Wirraway Restaurant at the RSL following the meetings.
If we don’t see you at the meetings on 13 December, we wish all Justices and their families a very Merry Christmas and safe and healthy 2023.
2009 – The inaugural “Thank You Morning Tea” hosted by Superintendent Paul Naylor (third from the right at the rear), for Justices who attend the Document Signing Station at the Mildura Police Station. Various awards to Justices are acknowledged during the Morning Tea, which is held mid-December each year when Justices and members of VicPol have an opportunity to catch up.
2017 – The Governor visits Mildura
Jenny Bennett, The Hon. Linda Dessau, AC & Tony Robbins.
Annual General Meeting 2021
The Sunraysia Branch AGM was held on 7 December, 2021 at the Mildura Band Hall due to COVID restrictions. The election for the 2022 executive was chaired by Robert (Bob) Merlin BJ, with the following members being duly re-elected:
Chairman – Anthony (Tony) Robbins JP, Vice Chairman – Mrs Jennifer Bennett PSM, JP, Secretary – Mrs Cheryl Webb JP, Assistant Secretary – Peter Griffin JP, Treasurer – Trevor Aust OAM, JP, FRVAHJ and Publicity Officer – Mrs Jennifer Bennett PSM, JP.
Life Membership Award
Trevor Aust OAM, JP, FRVAHJ was left speechless when Chair, Tony Robbins JP, presented him with a RVAHJ Life Membership Award. Trevor who goes above and beyond and is always on hand to assist and mentor fellow Justices is an extremely worthy recipient of this prestigious Award.
A long awaited Training Session was held at the Euston Club on 22 May 2021. 21 Justices from Sunraysia, Swan Hill, Robinvale and Underbool attended. RVAHJ President, Paul Mracek, Secretary Kevin Mackin were joined by Neil Mesley of Swan Hill branch, in presenting a very comprehensive day long session on a variety of relevant topics.
Congratulations to Tony Robbins, Peter Griffin and Sandra Lawlor who received certification as Trainers on the day which will be a bonus to local Justices.
Assistant Secretary, Peter Griffin JP recently made an application to Mildura Rural City Council under the Community Grants Program. Peter’s application was successful wherein the branch received the sum of $3,666.00. These funds have been utilised to purchase a Laptop, Portable Sound System, Portable Projector Screen, Projector and Microsoft Office Software which will be used for training purposes. Many thanks Peter and Well Done!!!
All equipment has now been purchased and software will soon be downloaded onto the lap top. Training sessions will hopefully commence in the very near future.
The Branch recently held an “in-house” Training Session to enable our own Trainers to check the equipment purchased and ensure all relevant paperwork required was available to conduct a training session for all Justices and hopefully to also provide some training to specific members of the community in the very near future.
Sadly, we lost 4 members of our community during 2022, Bruce Weir OAM, JP, Geoff Jones JP, Peter McWilliams JP and Shirley Penny, OAM, JP, CMC
The “John Malcolm Trophy” is a perpetual Trophy awarded to a Justice who has made a considerable contribution to the branch during the year. The Award was created when the “JP Car Badge“, belonging to the late John Malcolm was gifted to the Sunraysia Branch in 2014. The Badge was placed on a beautiful piece of local yellow gum provided by Chair, Tony Robbins JP and includes a plaque engraved by one of our members, Peter Griffin JP.
John Malcolm Trophy Honour Board
2015 Trevor Aust
2016 The Hon. Kenneth Wright
2017 Janine & Robert Reid
2018 Geoffrey Jones
2019 Jenny Bennett
2020 Tony Robbins
2021 Robert (Bob) Merlin BJ
Jenny Bennett presenting Chair, Tony Robbins with his Award.
Document Signing Stations
Support and assistance is given to all Justices who attend the Sunraysia Branch Document Signing Station. The number of Justices attending the Signing Station has been depleted for various reasons over the past couple of years, putting more pressure on those Justices who remain available to attend the DSS. If any local Justices can spare 3 hours once a month to help with the roster, please contact Trevor Aust JP on 0408 860 447 to advise your availability. You will be welcomed with open arms.
On Monday 2 May 2022, the DSS returned to the Mildura Police Station after a period of almost 2 years. The current hours are 1:00 – 4:00pm Monday to Friday excluding Public Holidays. The return to the Mildura Police Station has been very successful and our presence there once again is greatly appreciated by members of VicPol.
A morning tea was held at annecto’s office on Wednesday 27 April 2022 to thank Mildura Central Management and annecto’s Manager, Ms Toni Amos and her team for providing space in their office. The assistance given to our Association by all concerned was very much appreciated.
Signing Station Co-Ordinator, Trevor Aust JP, was the inaugural recipient of the membership to the 300 Club. A wonderful effort Justices reached the 100 or 200 Club milestone during the year, DSS Co-ordinator, Trevor Aust JP, warmly thanked the Justices who were able to continue volunteering at the DSS during COVID and Vice- Chair, Jenny Bennett JP, made a presentation of a Certificate and Pen to:
Tony Robbins JP, Tony Dal Corobbo JP, David McMillan JP, Sandra Lawlor JP, Peter Griffin JP, Penny Hodgetts JP, Geoff Quennell JP and Cheryl Webb JP
DSS Co-ordinator, Trevor Aust JP also noted that both David McMillan JP and Tressna Martin JP were elibile for the 10 Year Service Award. Unfortunately, Tressna was not in attendance at the meeting but Chair, Tony Robbins, presented David with his 10 Year Service Award certificate.
A morning tea was held at annecto to thank Toni Amos and her staff for welcoming the local Justices into their office, enabling the Document Signing Station to continue to operate in the Mildura community. The Sunraysia Branch of RVAHJ is extremely grateful to annecto who continue to support members who staff the Document Signing Station.
Chair, Tony Robbins JP, presented Toni with a Certificate of Thanks.