Australia Day: Swan Districts stalwart Peter Snow’s OAM linked to Albany Whaling Station transformation

Peter Snow and a marsupial friend at the Albany Biodiversity Park.
Peter Snow and a marsupial friend at the Albany Biodiversity Park.

SWAN Districts Football Club stalwart Peter Snow has been awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for his service to the club, the Jaycees and the Albany community.

Mr Snow, of Kingsley, was recognised for his impressive list of achievements with Junior Chamber (Jaycees) International.

They included being the Outstanding JCI Senator of the World in 1999, the special assistant to the JCI World President in 1984 and initiating the National Share Game, a commercial education project for Australian high school students relating to the stock market and free enterprise system. He also chaired the Jaycees Community Foundation Inc for 30 years.

In Albany he was a director of Jaycees Community Foundation, responsible for the creation of Albany’s Historic Whaling Station, 1979-2015.

“It’s fantastic, I’m very humbled,” Mr Snow said about the honour.

“I guess a large part of the award is related to the Albany Whaling Station and our foundation’s dream to turn it from a derelict site into an international tourist attraction pouring millions of dollars into the local economy.

“It is 40 years this month since on the Gold Coast I accidentally ran into the co-owner of the station, Colin Green from Harvey Beef, three months after it had closed and discussed him donating it to the Jaycee Foundation.

“The award is tribute to those behind the station such as the Bell family, Les Bail and Glenn Russell.”


Mr Snow has chaired the Albany Biodiversity Park Trust, the Discover Albany Foundation and co-founded Amazing South Coast Tourism Inc.

Peter Snow as a guest at a West Perth lunch in 2016 with respective club presidents Brett Raponi and Peter Hodyl. Picture: J Bianchini

Other achievements include chairing the Central City Medical Group since 2011. He was chief executive of Evandale House Group and managing director of Venture Capital Corporation International.

At Swan Districts he has been a director and treasurer and was a WA Football League player advocate from 1996 to 2004.

He has been president of the Swansmen and is still on the committee.