102Tony’s parents, Kolombo and Julia Perich, immigrated to Australia from Croatia and started making their living as market gardeners. Tony left school at an early age to work with his family. Keen to expand the business he and his brother persuaded their father to move into the dairy industry.

In 1963 the family purchased 242 ha of land at Bringelly and built a dairy, milking 200 cows. Together with his wife Catherine and his family, Tony established the Leppington Pastoral Company and set about building a state of the art dairy, currently milking 3,000 cows per day.

Over the years the Leppington Pastoral Company has diversified into other areas including Freedom Foods, Organic Fertilisers, Oran Park Raceway, Narellan Town Centre and Greenfields Development Company.

Oran Park Raceway, an extremely well patronised sporting venue, will close in 2008 to make way for Oran Park Town Centre. A ten year project, developed by the Perich Family’s Greenfields Development Company in conjunction with Landcom, Oran Park Town Centre will provide housing as well as retail, schools and community facilities.

Tony is a strong supporter of local charities, for example he was a principal fundraiser for the Respite Care Facility for the Spastic Centre in Liverpool. He is also a strong supporter of the local business community. He is a member of The Narellan Rotary Club and The Narellan Chamber of Commerce as well as a former member of The Greater Western Sydney Economic Board. Tony is still interested in the Dairy Industry and is a member of the Dairy Research Foundation of the University of Sydney.

From simple beginnings on the dairy farm at Bringelly, Tony and his family have played a key role in the development of the Macarthur Region.

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