Born in 1955 in Charleville Queensland, Robbie is the oldest son of Bob and Marie Dare and has four siblings.
Robbie attended Windorah primary school until 1967 and then completed grade 10 at Nudgee College Brisbane in 1969.
His first job in 1969 was on the Don Burgess bridge on Whitula Creek west of Windorah. He worked with his father fixing windmills then on Macs roadworks west of Windorah.
He has worked for Diamantina shire in a number of roles: as storeman in 1986, cost clerk in 1987, and then director of works from 1989 to 1997. Breeding thoroughbred horses and Angus cattle on his property near Toowoomba keeps Robbie busy.
Robbie served as Diamantina Shire Mayor from 2004 to 2012.
Robbie is married to wife Adele and has three children Ben, Jeff, and Jaime.