Rob Meecham, Labor's candidate for Curtin, has lived in Wembley Downs for 32 years, and in Woodlands for two years before that.
Rob is married, with one daughter and three stepsons; who between them have provided him with 10 grandchildren.
A south of the river boy, he grew up in Mount Pleasant and attended Applecross Senior High School and the University of Western Australia, where he graduated with a degree in economics.
Rob entered the Commonwealth Public Service on leaving university and became active in the association, representing CPS staff, before standing for election to a full time position in the union.
After a term as Branch Secretary he stood for election in the then-Trades and Labor Council (now UnionsWA) and served as Assistant Secretary and Secretary until 1995. From there he worked for Curtin University in a specialist centre set up to promote an Indian Ocean region organisation, similar to APEC.
Following a stint on Christmas Island working for Christmas Island Phosphates, he worked in TAFE colleges and finally the Department of Training and Workforce Development.
Rob’s driving values are fairness and equity, which have drawn him to the Labor movement and public service. He is now the Secretary of Floreat Branch of the ALP.
Rob is deeply concerned about climate change and the devastation it promises to unleash on the world if emissions of greenhouse gases are not curtailed. He firmly believes the warming of the earth will not stop until we reduce the concentration of the gases in the atmosphere.
Rob knows only too well the challenges faced by the elderly in the electorate and is keen to see changes to tackle them. He is working on issues like infill policy in the suburbs in Curtin and preserving the unique bushland areas that still exist in the electorate.
Electing a Labor candidate to Curtin will give the electorate the political attention it has lacked for many years. Electing a Shorten Labor Government will give Curtin a fair go.