Bill has lived and farmed in the Mt Barker/Albany region for most of his life apart from a time involved in forestry.
He established a plant production business, Bandicoot Nursery near Mt Barker in 1985 and developed it to grow seedlings for landcare, plantation and revegetation projects across south Western Australia.
The business expanded to include wetland plants grown at Green Valley Nursery at Redmond near Albany.
A Churchill Fellowship in 2005/06 allowed Bill to examine integrated farming and casuarina plantation production in several countries
He is actively involved in several community groups such as Regional Development Australia Great Southern, the Wilson Inlet Catchment Committee, Rotary Club of Mt Barker and the Qantas Wine Show committee, as well as industry groups such as Australian Forest Growers.
Bill was a Shire of Plantagenet councillor from 2005 to 2009 and remains committed to local and regional development.