Truck dealer recognised with Queen's Birthday honours

Truck dealer Alan Brown of Brown and Hurley Group awarded OAM as part of 2009 Queen's Birthday Honours List

Alan Brown of the Brown and Hurley Group has been awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia as part of the 2009 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Brown is the founding chairman and director of the Brown and Hurley Group, which is Australia’s largest dealer of Kenworth trucks, and has been recognised for his services to the trucking industry and his hometown of Kyogle in NSW.

Made up of nine dealers, the Brown and Hurley Group stretches from Tamworth to northern Queensland and employs more than 300 staff nationwide.

The business grew out of Premier Motors, which was started by Brown and Jack Hurley in Kyogle. They opened their first truck franchise in 1948.

"In over 60 years of business, Alan Brown has been a strong supporter of the Australian trucking industry. That commitment continues today through the Brown and Hurley Group," Australian Trucking Association (ATA) Chairman Trevor Martyn says.

Brown was previously recognised for his efforts by being inducted into the National Road Transport Hall of Fame in 2000.

"On behalf of the ATA and the whole trucking industry, I want to offer Alan my warmest congratulations on this most significant honour," Martyn says.

Brown has also been a councillor of the New South Wales Motor Traders’ Association and Australian Automobile Dealers’ Association.

He is a life member of the Kyogle Lions Club, a former president of the Kyogle Chamber of Commerce and former councillor and deputy president of Kyogle Shire.

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