Albany’s Most Influential — the self-made business heavyweight

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Prominent local businessman Paul Lionetti.
Camera IconProminent local businessman Paul Lionetti. Credit: Laurie Benson

Paul Lionetti is not the type of “influencer” you’ll see spruiking his accomplishments on social media.

He is a no-nonsense operator who does most of his work behind the scenes.

The entrepreneur owns enterprises across Albany, including two supermarkets, one of the town’s leading hospitality venues and — soon — its only hotel.

A former councillor, the veteran businessman is a prominent figure across the region.

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He has a significant real estate portfolio in the historic city he calls home.

Due South, the waterfront bar and restaurant that he co-owns, changed the nature of Albany’s nightlife when it opened in 2014.

But it is his next venture which will be his biggest.

The five-storey, 108-room, $22 million development will change the town’s accommodation offering — a Hilton Hotel and the first of its kind in Australia.

It is a project he said would benefit a range of other groups, from Aboriginal tour guides to South Regional TAFE.

Closer to the hotel’s opening in 2020, he was hoping to have package deals organised with Regional Express Airlines and local tour companies to lure tourists from Asia to the south coast.

“We have to do it,” he said at a public meeting this month.

“Someone has to put their hand in their pocket and organise it. Build and they’ll come.”

He also has a habit for charity, this year hosting a fundraiser for the Spencer Park Education Support Centre and donating thousands of dollars worth of tools and parts to the Albany Men’s Shed.

Click here for the full Albany’s Most Influential list.

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