COFFS Harbour philanthropist Barbara Hogbin has received a NSW Government Community Service Award.
The award was presented yesterday by the Member for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser, who paid tribute to the public-spirited work of three generations of the Hogbin family
Mrs Hogbin and her family have donated $1m towards the construction of the Coffs Creek Cycleway; $800,000 towards the acquisition and refurbishment of the new Coffs Harbour Conservatorium and $750,000 towards the refurbishment of the Coffs Harbour War Memorial Swimming Pool.
The first to enjoy a swim in the city’s new heated pool she helped to fund, Barbara Hogbin taught swimming to children and adults for 35 years, teaching up to three generations of some families.
A keen cyclist, swimmer, dancer, pianist and infants’ school teacher, Mrs Hogbin said that teaching children to swim was the most rewarding thing she had ever done.
“Children look up with so much wonderment in their face when they discover they can swim,” she said.
Her husband, the late Allen Hogbin, organised the fundraising to build Coffs Harbour’s original War Memorial Swimming Pool.