Dallas Dempster is the Managing Director and major shareholder of Hyperion Energy, a company he and his son Dallas Jr founded in 2010.
Over the course of his career, Dallas has been the driving force behind a number of highly successful projects, most notably the development of the Burswood Casino and Resort in Perth, Western Australia.
Educated at Hale School in Perth, Dallas commenced his career with the Bank of New South Wales (Westpac) in country Western Australia. This was followed by sales roles with a number of companies in the finance, travel and property development sectors before Dallas embarked on his own real estate development venture, initially in Perth, and subsequently in Sydney.
His Perth and Western Australian projects included Crane House & Ivanhoe Lodge Apartments in Fremantle, Keanes Point Apartments in Mosman Park, Hacienda Motel in Geraldton, Chelsea Village and Tavern in Nedlands, Mosman Bay Tearooms, Clarendon Hotel and Willagee Park Hotel and two hospitals, Hamersley Hospital in Subiaco and Mon Repos in Mosman Park along with with substantial land subdivisions in several suburbs and rural areas. In Sydney they included two office buildings in the central business district and a block of apartments in Darling Point.
In collaboration with W.A. ecologist and wetlands expert Tom Riggert, Dempster developed Floreat Waters Estate at Herdsman Lake, creating permanent lakes by dropping swamp levels below surrounding land, for which he received the Duke of Edinburgh Environment Award.
Dallas invested in a number of other businesses including mineral exploration companies, two major car dealerships, farms and a significant thoroughbred horse breeding operation.
Dallas Dempster is perhaps best known in Western Australia and beyond as the developer and founder of Perth’s iconic Burswood Casino and Resort (now known as Crown Perth). He and his team developed the concept and won the tender to establish the Burswood Casino and Resort, Western Australia’s first legal casino by utilising his long-held philosophy of drawing upon the best technology and consultants available, and working with experienced partners. Dallas selected as his partner Genting Sdn Bhd of Malaysia. The group had not only established their own very successful resort casino in the Genting Highlands from scratch but had the ability to bring large numbers of Asian tourists to Perth which would underpin the financial viability of a major development.
The result was the widely-acclaimed Burswood Casino and Resort, a true resort complex with five star hotel, casino, recreation facilities including 18 hole golf course, tennis courts, indoor and outdoor swimming pools and associated amenities, all on a spectacular site fronting Perth’s Swan River, just 3km from the city centre. The casino opened for business in December 1985, with other facilities being progressively launched during the two years that followed.
The creation of the Burswood Park, immediately adjacent to the resort, was a critical part of the overall development, planned to create a beautiful gateway to the City of Perth. To ensure the appropriate design and environmental input was achieved, Dallas once again commissioned Dr Tom Riggert, who had been an outspoken strong critic of the continued use of the area as a rubbish dump which was polluting the Swan River as it was leaking toxic waste, together with leading professional consultants including architectural firms Cameron, Chisholm & Nicol and Silver Thomas Hanley, Rider Hunt, Golder & Associates and Price Waterhouse Coopers. The conversion process involved the removal from the site of general land fill rubbish, cement works and asbestos waste, argentine ant colonies, while over 2 million tonnes of clean sand fill was imported. Very importantly, Burswood Casino and Resort committed to providing the revenue to continue to maintain and improve the park indefinitely. The initial undertaking was that the company would pay either $1 million per year or 1% of gross turnover, whichever was the greater. In 2011 the revenue was in excess of $7 million. As a result, the park remains today one of Perth’s most beautifully maintained and popular recreational facilities and its now well-established location is to include Perth’s new stadium.
Over the course of his career Dallas has held a number of community leadership roles, including serving as a Chairman of the Rottnest Island Authority, an inaugural Western Australian member of the Young Presidents Organisation, a member of the World Presidents Organisation & Australian 49er’s, a member of the Aboriginal Enterprise Company, a member of the Two Airlines De-regulation Committee, a member of the Australian Institute of Directors, President of Young Liberal Movement’s Dalkeith Branch, and President of the Royal Commonwealth Society – Companions Section.