Michael Smart moved to Western Australia in 1967 to work with his father, developing a sheep and cattle enterprise 40 miles east of Manjimup. In 1990, he sold up and relocated to Middlesex (near Manjimup) where he spent the next ten years growing and processing potatoes for the French-fry company Simplot. Mr Smart took a leadership role in the processing potato industry and instigated a study trip to the USA which in turn brought significant knowledge back to WA and Tasmania. Through the 1990s, he was instrumental in creating partnerships to establish a major tree plantation at Dingup and a large vineyard at Pemberton. He has continuing involvement with cattle, blue gums and vineyards. Prior to Council commitments, Mr Smart was heavily involved with the community including active roles in St Johns Ambulance, the Augusta Golf Club, and the Tennis Club where he was the president.