Rohan you bastard: the life and times of an outback cop



  • Rohan you bastard: the life and times of an outback cop
  • Street Stories, ABC Radio National
  • Executive Producer: Claudia Taranto
  • ABC Regional Production Fund


The role of the police officer in the small and remote rural community is both official and social, formal and informal. The position and mere presence of a cop are essential to both the general administration and social order of the town. At the same time, the individual is an integral and familiar member of the community.


Rohana Samarasekera is a policeman in the tiny border town of Hungerford—population 12. Senior Constable Samarasekera—or “Rohan” as everyone from Cunnamulla to Thargomindah affectionately knows him—is widely liked and respected. And he loves the country, the people and the job.


Outback towns—and outback cops—are not always so lucky.




  • Senior Constable Rohana Samarasekera, Hungerford Police
  • Jenny & Mark—Rangers, Lake Bindegolly National Park
  • Dogger Dare—proprietor, Oasis Motel, Thargomindah
  • Peter & Margaret—visitors on a motoring holiday from Sydney
  • Scott & Paula Fraser—Nooyeah Station
  • Senior Constable Jeff Donoghue, Thargomindah Police
  • Peter and Margaret Dunk—the “King & Queen” of the region
  • Peter & Rhelma—publicans, Royal Mail Hotel, Hungerford