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Regionally Based with National Reach

Walsh & Monaghan Director and Property Valuer Darren Austin has announced his appointment to the National Board of the Australian Property Institute (API). 

“I’m the first to admit I’m no politician, so my “campaign” was a bit less polished than some of the other candidates, but I am highly experienced in property and management, passionate about the industry and most importantly genuine.” 

“As an independent operator, I don’t have to toe the company line and can concentrate on the best interests of members.” Said Darren. 

Darren has demonstrated his commitment to the industry over the years as; Panel Judge for the Shoalhaven Building Design Awards, Chairman of the Network Property Advisory Group, Professional Indemnity Insurance subcommittee and Chair of the Australian Property Institute (API) State Committee.  

Speaking up for regional firms has been a significant driver: 

“Travelling to Sydney for a 1-hour professional development workshop is a 7-hour exercise or more for regionally based businesses, I pushed industry bodies to offer a hybrid model pre COVID and the uptake was significant.” Said Darren. 

Challenging the perception that if you are regionally based you can’t handle the big jobs has also been a factor: 

“Getting in front of other industry professionals, showing our skills and professionalism 
in managing major projects like; the Transmission Line Easement Acquisition Project for TransGrid in Northern NSW, Nowra and Batemans Bay Bridges, Gerringong Bypass, Metro West, The South-West Rail Link and more, has been important in demonstrating we are capable of state significant projects.” 

Darren has always been ambitious and initially began his career in Real Estate and Valuing in Sydney despite growing up on the South Coast. 

His Father was a Director in Walsh & Monaghan in Nowra and offered him a position 24 years ago. 

“It was an attractive offer; the opportunity to settle down on the coast near family in a well-established and reputable business but I still had concerns.” 

“I was worried I’d be compromising on my career but it’s what you make it.” 

“Building relationships, collaborating with other businesses and industry stakeholders has been key and establishing rapport with people”. 

“When you go out to big rural projects and speak to farmers, they can see right through you if you aren’t genuine,” he added 

Walsh & Monaghan have recently celebrated 100 years on the South Coast and are on the lookout for the next generation of valuers. 

“It’s a great opportunity for people who want to be based in a regional community, be mentored to grow and gain contacts at a State or National level.” Added Darren. 



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