If you’re looking for someone to perform a valuation on a zoo with more than 4,000 animals from over 350 species, Christopher Attenborough is the man to call.

The reason has little to do with his last name, rather his specialist experience in preforming valuations of broadacre rural properties throughout the Central West of NSW (and the fact he has already performed a valuation for Taronga Western Plains Zoo at Dubbo).

With more than twenty years experience in the valuation industry, Mr Attenborough has become highly skilled in rural and regional property advisory and negotiation, real estate transactions, investment properties, and buyer’s agent.

After receiving his Bachelor of Commerce in Land Economics at UWS Hawkesbury, Mr Attenborough spend three years as a valuer with the Valuer Generals Department and a further five years as a senior valuer with The State Valuation Office.

He is now the director of Aspect Property Consultants – a role which offers him the ability to mentor younger valuers new to the industry.

“I have had many proud moments throughout my career.  These moments all relate to watching a number trainee/graduate valuers complete their university degrees and ‘on the job training’ to progress to highly competent and experienced Valuers who bring great credit to our industry,” he told ANZPJ.

When it comes to starting their career, Mr Attenborough believes moving regional to regional NSW is the best advice he can offer.

“You will be exposed to a variety of interesting and challenging assignments – this experience will hold you in good stead for the rest of your career regardless of where you want to work,” he said.

Mr Attenborough’s inspiration doesn’t come from directly within the property industry, but from those with an entrepreneurial mindset.

“[I admire] people who start businesses from scratch and build them into successful companies, regardless of the industry they are in,” he said.

Chris Attenborough: Top six valuation assignments

  1. The Taronga Western Plains Zoo at Dubbo, which is home to 4,000 animals from over 350 species and covers an area of 760 hectares on the southern outskirts of the regional City of Dubbo
  2. The Jenolan Caves Trust properties including Jenolan Caves House near Oberon.
  3. The former Dubbo High School property (now the site of the Western Plains Cultural Centre)
  4. A number of Solar Farm properties throughout regional NSW
  5. The Far Western Area Hospital Assets including the Broken Hill and Tibooburra Hospitals
  6. Many large and historic rural properties in Central and Western NSW.