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December 06, 2018 19:59:35

Nicely-known Tasmanian enterprise id and former Glamorgan Spring Bay mayor Michael Kent has died aged 76.

Key factors:

  • Michael Kent began his working life packing groceries at Tasmanian grocery store chain Purity, now Woolworths
  • He headed the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Trade, and led the push to reform store buying and selling hours within the state
  • He was most just lately Glamorgan Spring Bay mayor, however misplaced his place on the council elections in October

Mr Kent led the push to reform store buying and selling hours in Tasmania, and was additionally identified for driving the marketing campaign to safe a Tasmanian staff within the Australian Soccer League.

He was most just lately the mayor of the Glamorgan Spring Bay Council on the state’s east coast, however misplaced his place on the October native authorities elections.

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However his largest declare to fame was the profitable marketing campaign for seven-days-a-week retail buying and selling.

Mr Kent started his working life packing groceries for Tasmanian grocery store chain Purity, now Woolworths, climbing the ranks to turn out to be chief govt of the Tasmanian arm.

He headed the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Trade, and in addition chaired the previous TOTE Tasmania, overseeing huge adjustments in racing and playing.

‘My job is my interest and my interest is my job’

The Hobart-born businessman was a proud Tasmanian who was not afraid to talk his thoughts.

That included calling for fewer politicians and one other state election after a hung parliament in 1996.

Mr Kent was additionally a vocal supporter of improvement within the state, standing up for tasks just like the controversial Tamar Valley pulp mill.

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In 2015, he advised the ABC he loved nothing greater than fixing an issue.

“If there is a problem I am joyful to get in and assist,” he stated.

“My job is my interest and my interest is my job.”

Kent ‘by no means dreamed he’d find yourself on the high’

As a teenager he labored at his mum or dad’s South Hobart store and recalled stocking the cabinets together with his sister, weighing sugar and flour.

After attending St Virgil’s college in Hobart he went to Victoria to spend a yr with the Christian Brothers, however then returned to Tasmania.

After a stint working with the Tasmanian Authorities, he grew to become an insurance coverage salesman earlier than discovering his calling in retail with Purity.

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“A few of the issues we tried to introduce have been too early for Tasmanians,” he advised the ABC.

“We have been the primary grocery store in Australia to introduce a loyalty system.”

Reflecting on his profession, Mr Kent stated didn’t count on to turn out to be such an influential determine.

“I by no means dreamed I might find yourself on the high inside the trade,” he stated.

The previous Tasmanian Soccer League chairman he was unable to safe a state staff within the AFL, however did head the taskforce which led to common AFL video games in Tasmania.

Mr Kent’s companies to retailing, sport and charities have been recognised with an Australia Medal.

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