House of Representatives Candidate for Holt, VIC
Colin Robertson was born in Frankston in the autumn of 1968 to Frances and Robert Monk of Mt Eliza Victoria. Sadly both parents passed away tragically by the time he was six years of age. After living with relatives for two years Colin went into foster care until the age of 16 at which point he decided to be independent and moved into nearby Mornington Caravan Park. Colin then took on an apprenticeship as a Carpenter/Joiner, which he completed through Frankston TAFE in 1988. He then did a second apprenticeship, this time as a diesel mechanic, qualifying from Batman Automotive College of TAFE in 1992 as a fully qualified diesel mechanic.
By this stage in his life Colin Monk had decided to change his name (for personal reasons) to Robertson; taking the name of his birth father ‘Robert” and adding ‘son’ to make Robertson, Colin now had a new identity.
By 1993 Colin had been married for several years, had bought his first house and produced two sons. Within the year though, his marriage had broken down, and Colin, struggling with the separation from his children was keeping himself busy by working as a security officer in Ballarat where he had moved to start a new life. In September ’95 he met Jacqeline, a Medical Audio Typist. It wasn’t long before they knew that they were made for each other, and soon married and had two more children; this brought the total between them to a family of 6 children, including Jacqui’s two from a previous marriage.
In 2002 Colin, Jacqui and the family moved to Melbourne, where he worked as a carpenter for Doors Plus in Seaford. One year later he became acquainted with Jim and Yvonne Gentle, working casually as a sub contractor for them at Pilkington Glass in Dandenong. He also worked on a community project, moving and remodeling a house for South Care Community Care, a church ran outreach and community care facility in Carrum Downs. Colin then went on to work for Smorgon’s Steel as a Fitter, Wecandoit Building Company as a Carpenter and Burbank Homes as a Maintenance Contractor. He worked all three of these jobs over the same time period.
Colin has been involved in various types of community work over the years, spending time with the Balnarring and Sabastapol CFA Brigades, Church youth groups and instructing young people in the art of archery at the Cranbourne Recreation and sports centre.
Colin and Jacqui are currently in the final stages of training and approval as Foster Parents for the Peninsular Youth and Family Services. This covers an area from Frankston and the Morning/ Balnarring peninsular to East Gippsland.
In 2014 Colin Joined the Rise Up Australia Party because he believed that he had finally found a party that has practical, common sense policies, high standards, integrity, and are not afraid to take a stand for what is right for the nation.
Colin stood in the District of Hastings in Victoria for Rise up Australia Party in the 2014 State Election and he is excited to stand again for the electorate of Holt in this coming Federal election.
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