RV pic for newsletter  About Rob

Rob has three children and is husband to a very patient lady, Margaret.
Rob says “I owe Margaret a very large debt of gratitude in giving me a high level of support in the roles I have played over the years. I am very privileged to have her beside me, especially given she has her own professional teaching career to pursue”.

Dunalley State Primary School
– Clarence High School
– Hobart Matriculation College
– University of Tasmania

Professional Work History
1970 – 1974 Department of Agriculture – Research Technical Officer
– 1974 – 1984 Department of Main Roads – Systems Analyst/Programmer
– 1984 – 1988 Metropolitan Transport Trust – EDP Manager
– 1988 – 1990 Department for Community Welfare – Computer Systems Coordinator
– 1990 – 1991 Department of Community and Health Services – IT Business Analyst
– 1991 – 2012 Department of Health and Human Services Tasmania – Business Analyst, Manager Planning and Senior Consultant, all in the ICT arena.

Australian Computer Society, Member (MACS Snr.)
Planning Institute of Australia, Hon. Fellow (Hon. FPIA)

Political positions held prior to Parliament:
Elected Hobart City Council Alderman 31st March 1992 – May 2012
– Elected 66th Lord Mayor of Hobart – March 1999 – October 2011
(On his retirement from the Lord Mayor’s role Rob was the longest serving Lord Mayor in the history of Hobart since elected Local Government was instituted in 1853)


The Hobart Canine Obedience Club Inc
Hobart Repertory Theatre
The Art Society of Tasmania

Federation Medal (connected with the Centenary of Federation in 2001)

Bush walking, snow caving, riding my old BMW motorbike on day trips, skin diving and rod fishing at Dunalley (my home town), reading local history, putting the odd poem together (very odd some say!), listening to blues and other good music.

Rob also gets a lot of pleasure out of photography – given the creative outlet that it provides, and he likes to sing on occasions (usually at great expense to others around him, he notes).

He has a Bush & Mountain Walking Leadership Training Certificate (4 year course back in the 80s) awarded by the Department of Sport & Recreation.

Life’s Mottos:
“Play the ball and not the person” – personality politics is not a very fruitful way of achieving things in life,
“Don’t return evil for evil” – if you do, people tend to control you.

Rob’s relevant quote:
“An idealist has the vision, a realist has the focus; for good progress to occur one must be tempered by the other”.