Vale Robin Gardiner FAPI
19 May 1960 to 23 May 2017
It is with great sadness that we note the passing of one of our most respected valuers of rural property. Robin Gardner FAPI passed away in his home at Calla (near Tamworth) after a struggle with cancer. He was comforted by the presence of his wife Cassie and children Jock, George and Avril.
Robin is regarded by many as a true professional with impeccable integrity and one of the pioneers within the profession who was constantly seeking to improve ways of interpreting the market. His valuation career started in the 1980s with the NSW Valuer General. Being one for a challenge, and a desire to see more of this great land, he moved to Rockhampton to work with Herron Todd White. Kerry Herron affectionately remembers Robin’s time with HTW and the important asset he proved to be in the firm’s expansion into rural and regional areas from Dubbo in NSW to Darwin in the Northern Territory.
The move to Dubbo was highly successful for HTW and Robin, including being one of the first valuers regarded as competent to value the large cotton farm Cubbie Station during this time. After he had established the office supported with highly capable partners, it was time though for a new challenge. He set Darwin in his sights from where he could cover the whole of the Northern Territory and the Kimberleys. His very first job was to value Brunette Downs for the Australian Agricultural Company (AACo). This was the first of many large cattle stations in northern Australia but the one which set the benchmark for the rest.
Even when Robin returned to his home town of Tamworth in 2007, his reputation was such that his services remained in demand for large and complex valuations across the Northern Australian beef industry, but also again he became the go to valuer throughout the NSW broad scale dryland and cropping irrigated cotton holdings.
His contributions to the profession will also be remembered as a great mentor to many young and old valuers, always having time to listen to a problem and offer his very considered opinion for possible solutions. An example occurred subsequent to the Wik decision of the High Court, where his contribution is recalled by John Sheehan (Native Title Spokesperson). Robin was able to instill a calmer view into the investment community, pertaining to concerns held over the impact of recognition of native title co-existing with pastoral leases. His understanding of the emerging complexity of co-existence of native title and existing pastoral leasehold tenures was well known and highly regarded.
His last valuation for a professional valuation service provider comprised the extensive well-publicised S Kidman and Co portfolio just prior to its sale. It capped off a great career and was a testament to his professionalism and skills.
His passing came at a relatively young age; however, his life will be measured not by time, but by his achievements and those he touched. The greatest of these being married to his beautiful wife Cassie and their three children Jock, George and Avril. His strength and positive attitude after being diagnosed with his illness was nothing short of incredible. The support of his family and many friends during his illness was a testament to the love and respect held for him, including love for life in general which rubbed off on the numerous people fortunate enough to have been associated with him.