2020 Rural Achiever - Damien Roach
Damien Roach was born and bred on the Monaro with half of his family based at Numeralla and the other half at Nimmitabel. Growing up out at Numeralla, Damien attended school in Cooma at St Pats until year ten and then went away to St Gregory’s College, Sydney for boarding school. He spent his school holidays working on various properties in shearing sheds and fencing, as well as stock work. Damien’s family also have a small farm on the outskirts of Numeralla which instigated his passion for rural life.
After returning from school Damien worked as an civil & structural engineer trainee for 18 months before moving to Wagga Wagga to undertake a Bachelor of Agriculture at CSU. Whilst at Uni Damien started working for Landmark in the sale yards and upon completion of his degree decided to take up a full-time position as a Stock & Station Agent. Through his time in Wagga Damien enjoyed playing rugby for both WAC and the Wagga Waratahs. Damien stayed in Wagga for another two years before moving home with his wife Emma and working for Landmark in Cooma. They have been back nearly two years and have just had their first baby boy Archer.
Whilst having only limited show experience through cattle judging at the Dalgety show in 2018 and junior judging at the Nimmitabel show whilst at school, Damien understands the importance of local community shows and knows the massive benefits of keeping them going. He believes the networking between people and show societies is reason enough to see them continue and thrive.
Damien has a huge interest in the rural sector and has worked hard to better understand it and how it can be improved. By working closely with his clients, he aims to tackle issues surrounding farming life such as depression, drought and marketability of stock. Damien believes through making better connections and relationships within the Rural Achievers program he can quicken the pace of the much-needed solutions farmers and rural communities need to solve issue in and around the Agricultural sector.