The United Australia Party has endorsed fire engineering consultant Robert Forster as its candidate for the lower house WA seat of Pearce, Federal Leader Clive Palmer announced today.
Mr Palmer said Mr Forster joins an outstanding list of United Australia Party candidates looking to shake up the status quo and deliver proper representation to the people of WA.
A former East Ward councillor for the Shire of Mundaring, Mr Forster has belonged to multiple local organisations and committees including the Wooroloo Landcare Development Committee, Chidlow Recreational Organisation Committee, Mt Helena Recreation Group Committee and President of the Chidlow Ratepayers Association.
With a strong background in fire and emergency management, he is presently self-employed providing consultancy services on fire engineering, policy development and incident management as well as running his own business transporting horses.
Mr Forster has previously worked as a Superintendent for Operational Effectiveness and in other senior positions with the Fire and Emergency Services Authority of Western Australia and was a fire fighter with the Australian Army.
He also served as a Fire and Safety Advisor for the United Nations in Bosnia, Herzegovina (UNPROFOR) in 1994/95 during the Balkans conflict.
Mr Forster has lived in the village of Chidlow, Western Australia, on the rural fringe for over 30 years and owns a farm in Talbot, 22 kilometres southwest of York, in the electorate of Pearce.
Married for 44 years with children and grandchildren, his interests include riding and training horses and spending time with family.
“I am an honourable, patriotic Australian with a rich family heritage and I am concerned about Australian sovereignty, independence, prosperity and its ability to provide for our people now and future generations,” he said.