Tony has lived in the Makin electorate since early childhood, attending Pooraka Primary School and Enfield High School.
He began full-time work in 1969 with the ANZ Bank. From 1976 to 1980, Tony was employed as a research officer to Senator Jim Cavanagh.
Between 1981 and 2007, Tony part-owned and operated a local fitness centre. He was an Australian power lifting champion and represented Australia in three world power lifting championships. He is also an accredited fitness and weight training instructor.
Tony served as an elected member with the City of Salisbury between 1977 and 2007 and served on many different boards, committees and community organisations.
From 1997 to 2007 Tony was Mayor of Salisbury.
Under his leadership, the City of Salisbury became a world leader in environmental and water management.
Tony lives in Pooraka. He is married to Vicki and they have three children.
FEDERAL ELECTORATE OF MAKIN
State: South Australia (Outer Metropolitan)
Name: Named after the Honourable Norman Makin A.O. (1889–1982), Member of the House of Representatives (1919-1946 and 1954-1963) and Speaker of the House (1929–1931).
Area and Location Description: The division covers an area of approximately 115 sq km from the Little Para River and Gould Creek in the north to Grand Junction Road in the south.
The suburbs of Banksia Park, Fairview Park, Gepps Cross, Golden Grove, Greenwith, Gulfview Heights, Hope Valley, Ingle Farm, Modbury, Para Hills, Para Vista, Pooraka, Redwood Park, Ridgehaven, Salisbury East, Salisbury Heights, St Agnes, Surrey Downs, Tea Tree Gully, Valley View, Vista, Walkley Heights, Wynn Vale and Yatala Vale are in this division.
Products/Industries of the area: Light manufacturing, commercial and retail industry, wineries, horse studs, hobby farmers, poultry, brick making and tourism.
First Proclaimed/Election: 1984
- Tony Zappia (ALP) 2007-
- T Draper (LP) 1996-2007
- P Duncan (ALP) 1984-96