Rob Pyne is the Independent Member for Cairns. A passionate advocate for his community, he was elected to represent Cairns in 2015.

Born in Gordonvale and raised in Edmonton, Rob is certainly a local. He 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.

Rob worked at JCU from 2000 – 2007, resigning to campaign full-time for Council. He was successful in being elected as the Division 3 Councillor on Cairns Regional Council. He has also volunteered for a number of community bodies, serving on the following positions:


  • President of JCU Cairns Student Assoc.
  • President of Rights in Action
  • Director of the Australian Quadriplegic Association
  • Member of the Disability Council of Queensland
  • Member of the Physical Disability Council of Qld
  • Member of the Physical Disability Council of Australia

Rob was elected to Cairns Regional Council in 2008 as Councillor for Division 3 and Re-Elected in 2012. During his time on Council he oversaw:
•The construction of the Cairns Disaster Coordination Centre
•The construction of Stage 1 of the Cairns Bruce Highway Upgrade
•Protection of Hillslope land from development.
•Completion of the Cleaner Seas Upgrade in Cairns (especially the Woree plant).

Rob ran for the seat of Cairns in 2015 and took office. He has successfully lobbied the government on many issues, and is currently working on improving accountability and transparency in local and state government, ensuring our environment is protected for the next generation, and making Cairns a desired location to live, work and place.