Rob Forster

Liberal for Central Wheatbelt

Phone
0427 823 473

Postal
PO Box 6, Chidlow WA 6556

Biography

I’m Rob Forster, your local candidate for the district of Central Wheatbelt. 

Growing up in regional Western Australia, I have always appreciated the country way of life and family. These values drive me to make our community better. My wife, Patty, and I have been together for 48 years, blessed with 4 children and 12 Grandchildren. In my early years, I lived on a Station in Mt Magnet and moved to rural Wanneroo. Patty and I settled in the rural fringe of Chidlow and bought land at Talbot in the Central Wheatbelt. Having both grown up in a rural environment, Patty and I decided to raise our children in regional WA. We want our children to have the same lifestyle and opportuntites that we had. 

After High School I studied with the Army Education Centre in Townsville, later becoming a Graduate of The Institute of Fire Engineers (UK), also an Advanced Diploma Emergency Management (Public Safety), 6 supporting Diplomas and a Post Graduate in Emergency Management from Edith Cowan University. 

I have served 40 plus years as a Firefighter, Fire Officer, Peacekeeper and Instructor in the Army, Aviation, United Nations and WA Fire Services across Australia, Bosnia Herzegovina, Singapore and the Middle East. I am a Bushfire Volunteer in Talbot Brook. 

I am currently a small business owner offering Fire and Emergency Management Consultancy. I have  diverse interests in trucking and earth moving. I breed sheep, cattle, Quarter Horses and Australian Heritage Walers, my son and I rescued, which we train and ride. 

In the nineties, I was President of the Chidlow Ratepayers, and a Shire of Mundaring Councillor, acknowledged as being responsible for the first upgrade of Great Eastern Highway from Sawyers Valley to the Lakes to address dangerous, aged design faults. I was the catalyst for the Western Australian Aerial Bushfire Water Bombing.

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