Rob Pyne was born in Gordonvale and raised in Edmonton. His great grandfather James Pyne moved to Cairns in 1876, so Rob is certainly a local.
Rob worked in various professions after leaving school, including the Public Trustee, where he was employed until breaking his neck in an accident in 1991, becoming a quadriplegic. Rob then decided to study to assist him to re-enter the work force, completing a BA in History and Politics at JCU and a Law Degree at QUT. He has also volunteered for a number of community bodies.
After working at JCU from 2000 – 2007, Rob decided to campaign full-time for Council. Rob was elected to Cairns Regional Council in 2008 as Councillor for Division 3 and Re-Elected in 2012.
At the 2015 state election Rob was elected to represent the electorate of Cairns in the State Parliament. Rob served on the Communities, Disability Services and Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Committee during 2015.
In 2015 Rob resigned from the ALP to sit in Parliament as an Independent to allow him to more fully represent Cairns (without having to tow the party line out of Brisbane). Rob also left the party because of his opposition to new coal mines and some of the shocking impacts of the CSG industry. He was also disappointed at the failure of government to fund programs to address poverty and disadvantage in West Cairns. Cairns has progressed well during Rob’s time as an MP and he has announced he will recontest the seat of Cairns at the 2017 State Election. His slogan is “Putting Cairns First!”
Rob never takes a backward step and he lives, breathes and bleeds Cairns!
Name: Rob Pyne
Education: JCU and QUT
Employment: Member for Cairns
Website: Date of Birth: 23 April 1967
Education: BA (JCU)., LLB (QUT).
Interests: Folk music, social justice and good government
Wins for Cairns: www.robpyne.org
Wins for Queensland: www.robpyne.net