With the hard work of many within the community, and strong relationships with Governments at all levels, a great deal was achieved in the electorate over Rob’s 6 years as Federal MP, and 12 years as a State MP.
He successfully negotiated a $110 million expansion of the Port Macquarie Base Hospital. He paved the way for Charles Sturt University to bring a campus to Port Macquarie, and also spearheaded the first full undergraduate Rural Medicine School in Port Macquarie delivered by the University of NSW. He brought forward spending on the Pacific Highway by-passes and upgrades between Taree and Kempsey. He helped secure federal funds for key local Council projects, including local roads and bridges, sport facilities, and community infrastructure.
Beyond the boundaries of his own electorate, Rob was also central to the establishment of the Regional Development Fund that continues to benefit rural and regional communities throughout Australia, as well as the $2 billion Regional Health and Hospital Fund, which helped with over 130 projects throughout Australia.
For a more detailed overview of all Rob’s achievements click here.