Rob Pyne

Rob Pyne
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Rob Pyne

Early Years

Rob Pyne with Toyota Celica
Rob Pyne with Toyota Celica

Rob Pyne was born in Gordonvale and raised in Edmonton, south of Cairns. He was born to Tom Pyne and his wife Marion. Subsequently, he attended Hambledon State School and Gordonvale State High School. While growing up he loved playing rugby league, exploring and swimming in the local creeks and riding motor bikes.

Rob Pyne – Work

Rob Pyne graduation
Rob Pyne graduation

Rob worked as a Queensland Government clerk until breaking his neck in an accident in 1991, becoming a quadriplegic. He then spent nine months in rehabilitation at Princess Alexandra Hospital. After that, Rob decided to further his education. Subsequently, he completed a BA in History and Politics followed by a Law Degree. After that, he worked at James Cook University (JCU) from 2000 to 2007. After that, he campaigned full-time for a position on Cairns Regional Council.

Rob Pyne (quadriplegic and wheelchair user)
Rob Pyne (quadriplegic and wheelchair user)

Rob Pyne was elected as a Councillor to Cairns Regional Council in 2008 and Re-Elected in 2012. Likewise, as a committed Socialist, Rob contested the 2015 state election against a conservative opponent. Consequently was elected to represent the electorate of Cairns in the State Parliament, where he served one term. However, Rob believed the major political parties had neglected Far North Queensland and were not doing enough on the issues of climate change and local government corruption. As a result, he resigned from the ALP in 2016 becoming an Independent. However without major party support, he lost his seat at the subsequent election.

Never a ‘quitter’ in the game of life, Rob embarked on a campaign to represent his hometown of Edmonton in his beloved South Cairns. Thus, the 2020 Queensland local government elections he won Division 2. Consequently, returning as a Councillor on Cairns Regional Council.

Family

Rob Pyne, Jenny Pyne, Kate Pyne
Rob Pyne, Jenny Pyne, Kate Pyne

Rob’s academic achievements and his achievements in being elected to Council and Parliament have all been firsts for a person with quadriplegia. In this respect he has broken down many barriers for people with a disability. Rob remains happily married to Jenny and has one child, Kate. He has written Struggle and Resistance in the Far North recalling events from his own life and the region’s political past. He also spends his time working on his tropical garden in Cairns.

Rob continues to be politically active. However, these days his focus is online as Champion of the Underdog. This includes generating and maintaining content on his blogpodcast and social media outlets. He welcomes your support.


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Struggle and Resistance in the Far North


Struggle and Resistance in the Far North, is a glimpse into Far North Queensland politics, history and culture. It is an account of the region’s hidden stories and prominent identities.

Champion of the Underdog