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Born at Alice Springs Hospital in 1955 Damien grew up with red dirt in his veins. His early life was characterised with exploring the surrounding areas of Alice while playing with his three brothers and attending Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Primary School. High School years were spent boarding at Rostrevor College in Adelaide interspersed with holidays back in Alice and at Elsey Station.
In 1972 he began work in retail photographic at Alice Springs Camera Shop. Damien quickly found his niche in the retail industry and bought the business in 1975 and set about establishing his business career, which grew to include wholesale companies as well as retail outlets. His entrepreneurial and innovative skills saw him representing Kodak Australasia on the International Photographic Marketing Committee during the 1980’s and 90’s and was recognised in 2000 as the Australian Photographic Dealer of the Year.
The desire to venture into the tourism industry lead him to leasing Mt Ebenezer and Dunmarra Roadhouses during a very exciting period that saw Yulara built and Uluru handed back to the traditional owners.
Damien was elected Mayor of Alice Springs in March 2008. He is a committed and passionate advocate for Alice Springs promoting and working for the Alice Springs community in a wide variety of forums.
He sets an example of sound business practice while harnessing innovation and opportunity. His list of representation on committees and boards reflects his commitment to all facets of this diverse community. His leadership has provided the township of Alice Springs with stable governance for 11 years. He continues working and advocating for his community.