On 17 February 2015, Revesby Workers’ Club sadly farewelled Patrick Rogan, a significant member of the community who played a vital role in public matters and the success of clubs in NSW. Pat Rogan was driven to improve areas throughout the local community. He was dedicated to many initiatives and held various positions that paved the way for good change.
From 1973 to 1999, Pat served in State Parliament as a Member for East Hills. He made great achievements in this role including working on the Chelmsford Royal Commission, initiating the Salt Pan Creek walkway with Mayor Gordon Parker, the duplication of the railway to East Hills, initiating the Stacey Street overpass and securing funding for the widening and improvements to Davies Road.
Pat Rogan was a hardworking politician who went about his commitments with a gentlemanly manner. He made every effort to serve the community well and fought for all injustice.
In an inaugural speech, Alan Ashston stated his appreciation for the work that Pat had completed in the community; “Pat’s dedication and commitment to our local community exemplifies the spirit of public service that should be the most important aspect of any citizen’s desire to seek election to Parliament.”
Following his success in Parliament, in 1999, Pat retired from MP for East Hills and in that same year he became Chairman of ClubsNSW. As Chairman of ClubsNSW, Pat oversaw the introduction of an industry Code of Practice and best practice guidelines to improve accountability and better inform Club Directors about their legal responsibilities, government legislation and duty of care. Significantly, Pat Rogan also became the public face for the anger over the club gaming tax in 2003 that would force clubs to pay $1.8 billion in taxes over the next seven years.
In 2006, Pat was recognised for his achievements when he was presented with the inaugural Outstanding Contribution to Club Movement Award and was later appointment as a Life Member of ClubsNSW in 2008.
CEO Ed Camilleri said that as President of Revesby Workers’ Club from 2008 to 2010, Pat was an important part of the clubs success and will be missed greatly. “Mr Patrick Rogan was instrumental in setting the long term strategic plan for the Club, guaranteeing the Clubs success. He was very well respected by the Board, Management and our club members and will be missed.” CEO Ed Camilleri said.