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Former politician honoured

Former politician honoured A section of the Salt Pan Creek boardwalk was today renamed in honour of the late former politician, Patrick Allan Rogan. No  

A section of the Salt Pan Creek boardwalk was today renamed in honour of the late former politician, Patrick Allan Rogan.

Mr Rogan, who passed away in 2015, was elected to Parliament in 1973 as the Member for East Hills and retired from politics in 1999, when he became the chairperson of Clubs NSW (1999-2003). He was also a board member of Revesby Workers' Club (1995-2010).

The Pat Rogan Memorial Walking and Cycleway, which was constructed in 1988 by the former Bankstown Council, at a cost of more than $1 million, is a network of paths and boardwalks that run adjacent to Salt Pan Creek. It starts at Short Street, Bankstown, and ends at Henry Lawson Drive, Padstow.

Mr Rogan's widow, Eunice, thanked Council for naming the walking and cycleway in her husband’s honour.

"Pat would be very humbled, honoured and bursting with pride," Mrs Rogan said.

"It’s a proud moment for his family, knowing his legacy lives on and we would have loved to have seen him here today to accept this honour.

"Pat and former Mayor Gordon Parker initiated the Salt Pan Creek Walkway, and fought very hard to make it possible for the community."

Mr Rogan is also credited with successfully advocating for:

  • The duplication of the railway line to East Hills;
  • Improvements to Davies Road;
  • Initiating the Stacey Street overpass;
  • Improving the water quality in the Georges River;
  • Construction of Padstow TAFE; and
  • Securing funds for improvements to Salt Pan Creek.

City of Canterbury Bankstown Mayor, Khal Asfour, said it was only fitting to rename part of the walking and cycleway after Mr Rogan, for his significant contributions.

"He had the foresight to set aside parkland, adjacent to the Georges River, for future generations, so everyone could benefit," Mayor Asfour said.

"Developers had their eyes on this waterfront land, but he was insistent on keeping it for the public to enjoy.

"His dedication and commitment exemplified what it means to dedicate your life to the community."


 28/02/2019 12:10 PM