Vale Brian Hurn OAM

The community will have the opportunity to pay their respects and farewell the late Brian Hurn at a service to be held at the Angaston Uniting Church at 3pm on October 27. 

Tributes have been flowing for former local government stalwart and community leader Brian Hurn OAM, who passed away on Sunday, October 18.

Mr Hurn served over 35 years in local government, earning him the prestigious John Legoe Award for Excellence for commitment and service to his community.

His career began in 1978 with the District Council of Angaston and he continued to serve as mayor of The Barossa Council following amalgamation until his retirement at the November 2014 elections.

Incumbent Mayor Bob Sloane described Mr Hurn as a tremendous mentor, leader and friend to many in local government circles.

“Much will be said about Brian’s achievements, which were significant and varied,” said Mr Sloane.

“But perhaps he is best remembered for meeting people where they were at. Regardless of their status or influence, he would advocate for the things that mattered to them.”

Barossa Council CEO Martin McCarthy said Mr Hurn was a role model who led by example.

“Brian was a fantastic influence on me and our staff and was supportive of us all; he will be sorely missed,” Mr McCarthy said.

A fifth generation Barossa grazier, wine grape grower and Baron of the Barossa, Mr Hurn used his position of influence to protect the region’s agriculture and viticulture sectors from uncoordinated development.

He tirelessly championed for an increase to South Australia’s share of Local Roads funding and took every opportunity to advocate for the Barossa on the state and national stage.

Beyond the sphere of local government, his achievements extended to sporting, civic, church, agriculture, emergency services and service club interests. 

Mr Hurn played cricket for South Australia alongside greats like Sir Garry Sobers, Les Favell and Ken Cunningham, and was equally talented on the footy field, winning the local league’s Best and Fairest Award three times. As a life member of the Barossa, Light and Gawler Football Association, he advocated strongly for the send off rule, the import player restriction rule and amalgamation with Gawler, all of which are now in place. 

He was a member of the Angaston Country Fire Service for over four decades and helped establish the Angaston Group as a formal entity with a direct command hierarchy.

He was a valued member of the Angas Recreation Park Committee and was proud to have organised the carting and replacing of 2600 tonnes of soil on the Angaston Oval in one day.