About Roger

Roger Cook was born and raised in Western Australia.  He lives with his wife Carly and his two children Toby and Isabelle in Wellard.

Education

Roger completed a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration at Murdoch University.  At university he was active in campus politics and established the National Union of Students as its first National President.

He has a Postgraduate Diploma in Business (Public Relations) and an MBA from Curtin University.

Professional Career

Roger has worked for a range of Federal and State Members of Parliament, serving with the offices of Jim McGinty, Stephen Smith, and Senator Chris Evans in policy and electorate officer roles. Following these roles he was employed at a number of Aboriginal Land Councils as CEO and in a communications role assisting industry and government to reach agreement with Aboriginal Native Title groups.

Elected as the Inaugural Member for the State Seat of Kwinana in 2008 Roger works continuously in the Kwinana Community and assists many residents, school groups and sporting clubs.

Roger is actively involved and supports local sporting clubs including :

  • Kwinana Darts
  • Kwinana Junior Knights Football Club
  • Kwinana Senior Football Club
  • Kwinana Little Athletics Club
  • Kwinana Judo
  • Kwinana Softball Club
  • And many more

Roger works closely with local community organisations and environmental organisations including –

  • The Friends of Wellard Bushland
  • Medina Residents Group
  • Wandi Progress Association
  • Riding for the Disabled
  • Baldivis Community Association
  • Rivergums Residents Group
  • And many more

Roger fights to protect feeding and breeding areas for the native Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo’s.

Roger serves on a range of local community and school organisations.  He was previously the National President of Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation, Australia’s biggest Indigenous rights organisation.

Roger also served as State President of the Australian Labor Party in Western Australia from 1999-2000.

Hobbies

Roger is an avid supporter of the Western Force and Fremantle Dockers. He is also a strong advocate for healthy living and fitness, competing in triathlons and bike rides throughout the year.

Roger has done two Busselton Half Iron Man competitions and has signed up to do the ‘Busso half’ for a third time in 2013. Roger rides for muscular dystrophy. Roger is also a champion of walk for diabetes.

Roger is local and active, and a willing advocate for individuals, communities and business in Kwinana. His door is always open.

For more information on Roger Cook and the WA State Parliament please visit the website at: http://www.parliament.wa.gov.au or on wikipedia at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_Cook)

For a copy of Roger Cook’s inaugural speech go to – https://powanet.parliament.wa.gov.au