Old Collegians Rugby Union Club
Dr Peter Gordon Allen
- 1966 - joined OC's, member of winning team at Elizabeth 7's, member of committee to organise the 21st anniversary of the club re-union dinner;
- 1968 - member of premiership side, club trophy for best 1st XV forward, played State rugby;
- 1969 - Chairman of Social Committee, awarded Stewart Wood Memorial trophy for Best Clubman;
- 1971 - Played 1st XV all season; manager of premiership team:
- 1973 - 2nd XV coach, selector;
- 1977 - Senior Club coach:
- 1978 - Senior Vice President;
- 1985 - President;
- 1986 - President.
June 2006: Peter was awarded the Member of the Order of Australia for service to Science in the area of pest animal management and to Rugby Union.
Rabbit Free Australia (RFA)'s Chairman, Dr Peter Allen, was appointed as a Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia — "For service to science in the area of pest animal management through a range of research and administrative roles, and to rugby union football". RFA congratulates Peter on this honour in recognition of his long-standing professional commitment to minimising the impact of invertebrate and vertebrate pest animals, both through the development and adoption of acceptable pest control strategies and through effective quarantine. Since his retirement from Executive Officer of the Animal and Plant Control Commission in 2000, he has been Chairman of the Pest Animal Control CRC, Chairman of the successful Bid Team for the Invasive Animals CRC and now Chairman of the Invasive Animals CRC. He is in his second year as Chair of our Foundation.
His rugby interests included representing SA as a player, President of Old Collegians Rugby Football Club and President of the South Australian Rugby Union. An eclectic mix of roles, some may say, but others would consider both roles to be managing ferals!
MEMBER (AM) IN THE GENERAL DIVISION OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA 38
Dr Peter Gordon ALLEN
For service to science in the area of pest animal management through a range of research and administrative roles, and to Rugby Union football.
- Chair, Governing Board, Pest Animal Control Cooperative Research Centre, since 2001;
- Board Director, 1999-2001.
- Interim Chairman of the Board, Invasive Animals Co-operative Research Centre, since 2004.
- Program Manager and Executive Officer, Animal and Plant Control Commission, South Australia, 1994-2000.
- Chief, Animal and Plant Quarantine Service, South Australia, 1990-1994.
- Principal Biologist/Leader, Entomology Unit, Department of Primary Industries, South Australia, 1983-1990.
- Research Entomologist, Department of Primary Industries, South Australia, 1965-1983.
- Written in excess of 50 scientific papers, invited reviews, national and international conference papers, and extension publications on entomological and vertebrate pest issues.
- Member, Nairn Review (review of Australia's animal and plant quarantine policies and programs), 1995-1996.
- Member, Dog Fence Board, South Australia, 1996-2001.
- President, Judicial Committee, South Australian Rugby Union, for 4 years.
- President, Old Collegians Rugby Club; Life Member.
- Inaugural Member, Quarantine and Exports Advisory Council (Commonwealth Government), 1997-1999.
- Vice-President, Australian Entomological Society, 1993-1996; Chairman, Core Executive, 1993-1996.
- Chair, Vertebrate Pests Committee (National), 1997-2000.
- Member, Australian Weeds Committee, 1997-2000.
- Deputy Member, Soil Conservation Council, South Australia, 1997-2000.
- Mentor, South Australia Youth Entrepreneur Scheme, since 2002.