Rob was born in Lismore in 1969 and was the fifth and youngest child of the late Professor Dr Bob Oakeshott AO and Catherine Oakeshott.
Having grown up in the Northern Rivers areas, Rob has called Port Macquarie home for the past 26 years.
His wife and four children (aged 14, 12, 10 and 8) are actively involved in the community, whether it’s volunteering at their local school, surf lifesaving, touch football, soccer, swimming and tennis to name a few.
Rob served as the State MP for Port Macquarie (1996-2007) and the Federal MP for Lyne (2008-2013), winning seven successive election campaigns.
As an MP, Rob secured critical infrastructure funding for the Mid North Coast, including the Port Macquarie Base Hospital upgrade, Charles Sturt University expansion, four Pacific Highway by-passes, three local airport upgrades, and grants for many community projects.
Since leaving Parliament in 2013, Rob taken on a consultancy role for the United Nations Development Program, working closely with Governments in Myanmar, the Solomon Islands, Cook Islands, Fiji, and Vanuatu.
Following an AEC boundary re-distribution in 2015, Port Macquarie was no longer in the electorate of Lyne, which is why Rob will now stand for the seat of Cowper in the upcoming 2019 Federal election.