Dedication to the Cowra shire recognised as Arthur Hogan named Citizen of the Year

Arthur Hogan is congratulated by Cowra's Australia Day Ambassador, Terry O'Connell. Photo: Kelsey Sutor
Arthur Hogan is congratulated by Cowra's Australia Day Ambassador, Terry O'Connell. Photo: Kelsey Sutor

"I'm not handsome, nor rich, least of all talented... but I've always been surrounded by the very best people."

Even in his acceptance speech for the 2020 Cowra Citizen of the Year award, Arthur Hogan did what he has done for more than 60 years - put others first.

Cowra's Citizen of the Year nominees (from left): Ian Brown, Alison Rutledge, Neville Pengilly, Arthur Hogan, Jordan Core, Robert Oliver and Bill Murphy.

Cowra's Citizen of the Year nominees (from left): Ian Brown, Alison Rutledge, Neville Pengilly, Arthur Hogan, Jordan Core, Robert Oliver and Bill Murphy.

Mr Hogan received the accolade, among a strong field of nominees, at the Australia Day ceremony on Sunday for a lifetime of contribution to community organisations across the Cowra shire.

He said he couldn't believe he was named the winner.

"I'm in a nasty state of shock," he told the audience at the Cowra Civic Centre.

"I'd like to thank and congratulate everybody who is associated with this, put the event on, all those who participated."

Cowra Mayor, Councillor Bill West said community service is "just a way of life" for Mr Hogan.

"He has dedicated his life to volunteer work, he has an amazing ability to connect to people of all ages and from all walks of life," Cr West said.

Mr Hogan's contributions include:

  • Wattamondara Recreation Ground Trust
  • Wattamondara Progress Association
  • Riding for the Disabled
  • St Vincent de Paul Society
  • Antioch Youth Group
  • St Raphael's
  • Cowra Trail Riding Club
  • Cowra Show Society
  • Cowra Jockey Club
  • Cowra Rugby League
  • Cowra Golf Club
  • Wattamondara Campdraft and Rodeo
  • Cowra Campdraft
  • Wattamondara Team Penning and;
  • Wattamondara Cricket Club.