Western Australia Minister for Regional Development Brendon Grylls
Government Reviews Regional Development Commissions
Victor P Taffa
The State Government is reviewing the functions and responsibilities of its nine Regional Development Commissions (RDCs).
Regional Development and Lands Minister Brendon Grylls said the commissions played an important role in delivering projects throughout Western Australia, including many new initiatives announced in the State Budget.
The Liberal-National Government has budgeted $896.7 Million to develop regional Western Australia under the Royalties for Regions program for 2010-11.
Mr. Grylls said the review would take into account a number of changes that the Government had introduced since its election in 2008.
“The Liberal-National Government is dedicated to regional development across Western Australia and is committed to having a strong regional presence.” the Minister said.
“The establishment of the Department of Regional Development and Lands in 2009 and the introduction of Royalties for Regions are having an enormous positive impact on regional development across Western Australia.”
“RDCs are statutory authorities that were established under the Regional Development Commissions Act 1993 to coordinate and promote the economic development of the State’s regions.”
“They play an important role in the economic well-being and social development of regional WA and, with the Government’s increased focus on regional areas, we want to make sure we have the best arrangements in place as we move forward.” Mr. Grylls said.
Mr. Grylls said the review would consider the effectiveness and cost efficiency of the RDCs and the effectiveness of the existing model in delivering regional development.
It would also look at options to improve government service delivery for regional development, including effective governance and administrative arrangements to enable regional decision making and avoid duplication of roles and responsibilities with other agencies or organisations.
The review is chaired by Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Regional Development, Wendy Duncan MLC. Its members are the chief of staff to the Minister for Regional Development, Doug Cunningham; Regional Development Council chair, Graham Thomson; Public Sector commissioner, Mal Wauchope and Department of Regional Development and Lands Director General, Paul Rosair.
The review group will release an issues paper for comment to guide its deliberations before it reports to the Minister in September 2010.