By Amelia Ball
Replacing John Thorpe after 11 years in the role, Leach believes now is the time to renew, refresh and reconnect with the community in a holistic manner.
The 36-year-old owner and operator of Erskineville’s Rose of Australia Hotel said his election to the role last week reflects a generational shift in attitude at the association.
It also follows the recent appointment of Sally Fielke to CEO of the AHA NSW, which similarly signalled a new era.
Leach is committed to recognising and promoting the important role that country pubs play within the community. He plans to promote tourism in NSW, address community concerns on liquor and gaming issues based on evidence and fact, reduce red tape to encourage live performance in all forms across more venues, and address skills and labour shortages with innovative solutions and improved immigration strategies.
“We’re taking a fresh approach in the way hotels engage with the community,” he said today from Wagga Wagga, where the AHA NSW had met with the sub-branch and donated $1000 to the mayor to fund complimentary transport for a coming golf day.
As Leach said, it is indicative of the board’s wider goals to engage with the community, while providing funding and assistance at a local level to solve local problems.