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Remembering our first National President

UDIA is saddened to farewell former President and Life Member, Allen Vogan who passed away last month.
Allen was the first National President of UDIA and his presidency coincided with the election of the Whitlam Labor Government in Canberra. UDIA held its 1973 Congress in Canberra and secured the attendance of the Prime Minister and Federal Minister for Urban and Regional Development as speakers, consolidating the new national Institute’s status and credibility in Government and business circles. 

UDIA National President, Michael Corcoran said Allen had a huge influence on the development industry over five decades.

“That is why UDIA launched the Allen Vogan Distinguished Service Award to recognise individuals who have shown exceptional commitment and dedication while at the same time providing long time distinguished service to the Australian development industry."

Allen began work in 1947 as a cadet surveyor for the NSW Maritime Services Board (MSB) and Department of Lands. He qualified as a Registered Surveyor in 1952 and continued to work with the MSB until 1955 when he went into private practice with T.A. Dalton, working on land subdivision surveys. Dalton was acquired by L.J. Hooker (the Land Development Division of which became Hooker-Rex Pty. Ltd.) in 1957 and Allen went on to a long and successful career with Hooker.

During this time, Hooker joined UDIA’s predecessor in NSW, IRED, in 1967 and Allen began his long involvement as a member and office-bearer of the Institute, playing an important role in establishing the Institute in other states and then the national body. In 1981, he left the Hooker Corporation to establish a joint management consultancy service with Gutteridge Haskins & Davey Pty. Ltd., moving on in 1993 to establish his own practice, Woromar Pty. Ltd.
From 1957 to 1969, Allen was, successively, Chief Surveyor, Project Manager, Acquisition Planning Manager and NSW Manager for Hooker-Rex. He was responsible for the company’s land development in NSW, including estates at Moorefield, East Ryde, Castle Cove, Killarney Heights and Winston Hills.

In 1969, he became national Operational Planning Manager for the company, responsible for acquiring and planning land banks throughout Australia. In 1972 he was appointed to manage Hooker’s international land development projects in the Pacific region. In 1977 he was appointed General Manager of Hooker-Centenary Pty. Ltd. which developed the Centenary group of suburbs in Brisbane. His final role with Hooker was as General Manager of its Urban Project Division from 1979 to 1981.

Never one for retiring, Allen has subsequently continued to work in his consultancies GHD-Vogan Pty. Ltd. (1981-1993) and Woromar Pty. Ltd. (since 1993) – notching up a working life of 52 years in land surveying and property development.