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Peter Hurley (AO)
Officer of the Order
By Melissa Keogh
Hotelier Peter Hurley has
spent the past 40 years running
enterprises from humble country
pubs to large city hotels.
But now the hotel tycoon who calls
Aldgate home can add receiving a
Queen’s Birthday Honor to his list of
achievements after being appointed an
Officer of the Order of Australia (AO).
Mr Hurley has had a wide influence
on the SA tourism and hospitality
industry along with input into the
national tourism bodies and a number
of large tourism ventures.
He runs the Hurley Hotel Group,
which directs 10 hotels across the
State including the Arkaba, Alma
Tavern, Kensington Hotel and Port
Lincoln Hotel, with his wife Jenny.
Mr Hurley said his wife deserved half
of the recent accolade for her efforts in
raising their family while helping to
establish the business.
“There’s no doubt this service honor
is very much shared with her because
all the things I’ve been acknowledged
for are things that I wouldn’t have
been able to do if she hadn’t taken a
role in running the family and running
the business,” he said.
Mr Hurley has been the president
of the Australian Hotels Association’s
(AHA) SA branch since 1994,
representing the interest of hoteliers
across the State.
He was twice appointed president
of the national AHA, remains a life
member and is an inductee to its hall
Mr Hurley said one of his proudest
commitment to the Hospitality Group
Training SA, which lost funding last
year having trained thousands of cooks
and bar staff. He was also director of the
SA Tourism Commission for six years
until 2004 and has previously served
on the board of Tourism Australia.
Mr Hurley said he had witnessed
many changes in hotels over the years,
including crackdowns on drink driving
and a shift in gaming, such as the
introduction of pokie machines.
“People are now more interested in
fresh, local produce and there’s also
been a growth in live music,” he said.
Mr Hurley has also been involved
in Adelaide Oval’s management since
2014 and says the half-billion dollar
redevelopment had caused a “radical
stimulation” of the CBD.
After living in the Hills for the
past decade, Mr Hurley said he was
passionate about securing the region’s
history and recently donated $30,000
towards preserving The Cedars in
“It’s one of the greatest visual art
treasures,” he said. “It’s like a living
museum and exactly like it was when
Sir Hans passed away in 1968.”
Mr Hurley grew up in country Victoria
and began his working life as a banker
and school teacher before buying his
first hotel on the Eyre Peninsula in
“I think it’s in my blood,” he said.
QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY HONORS
Pub business is in his blood
Hotelier Peter Hurley of Aldgate has been appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for his dedications to the tourism
and hospitality industry over the years.
All the things I’ve
for are things that I
wouldn’t have been
able to do if Jenny
hadn’t taken a role
– Peter Hurley
A medical intervention
phone number known as
“Leila’s Lifeline” in memory
of nine-year-old Strathalbyn
girl Leila Baartse-Harkin
looks set to be rolled out
within the SA health
The hotline is part of a
policy that involves a three-
step, clinical review process
for people who feel a patient
is getting worse but they are
not getting sufficient medical
State Fleurieu MP Adrian
Pederick introduced the
policy into State Parliament
last Thursday and it was
unanimously supported by the
Leila died in October
2015, just two days after a
playground accident where
she suffered a perforated
bowel but her condition was
misdiagnosed after several
medical examinations. “I have
introduced this motion to ...
honor the life of little Leila,”
said Mr Pederick said.
Continued page 7
Regional Development Australia (RDA)
took a $113m plan for the last block of
undeveloped land in Mt Barker’s CBD to
China in hope of sparking interest from
RDA Hills, Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island
chief executive Damien Cooke said he took
the town square concept plan for the land to
Shanghai in April in a show of support for
the community-driven project. The pitch was
part of a wider visit to the country to allow
investment opportunities in regional towns to
be explored by Chinese backers.
“There is most definitely an appetite among
Chinese investors for this type of project in
Australia,” Mr Cooke said.
Continued page 8
Square plan to China
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