Regional Development Council

An independent statutory advisory body providing advice to the Minister for Regional Development on all regional development issues and other matters referred to it by the Minister.

The Regional Development Council (Council) is an independent statutory advisory body established under section 33 of the Regional Development Commissions Act 1993, that provides advice to the Minister for Regional Development on all regional development issues and other matters referred to it by the Hon Alannah MacTiernan, MLC, Minister for Regional Development.

As an advisory body to the Minister, the Council provides leadership and strategic direction to the Regional Development Portfolio and undertakes the following activities:

  • Promotes development in the regions
  • Develops policy proposals on development issues affecting one or more of the regions
  • Facilitates liaison between Regional Development Commissions and relevant government agencies and the coordination of their respective functions
  • Promotes liaison between local, State and Commonwealth government bodies with respect to regional issues, and the coordination of their respective policies on those issues
  • Establishes strong relationships with key stakeholders and advocates for regional development outcomes
  • Reports to the Minister on matters referred to it by the Minister.

Council Membership

The Council consists of the chairpersons from each of the State’s nine Regional Development Commissions and the Director General of the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development.

The current Council members are:

Oral McGuire (Acting Chair)

​Chair, Wheatbelt Development Commission

Robert Houwen

​Chair, Mid West Development Commission

Andy Munro​​

Chair, Gascoyne Development Commission

Sabina Shugg

Chair, Goldfields-Esperance Development Commission

​Bruce Manning

​Chair, Great Southern Development Commission

Hon Tom Stephens

​Chair, Kimberley Development Commission

David Doepel

Chair, Peel Development Commission

Tim Larkin

Chair, Pilbara Development Commission

Danny Griffin

Chair, South West Development Commission​

Contact the Regional Development Council
Email: RDCo@dpird.wa.gov.au  
Phone: +61 8 6552 1875
Address: Locked Bag 4, Bentley Delivery Centre WA 6983

 

Page reviewed 3 February 2023