Royalties for Regions

Royalties for Regions (RfR) supports economic, business and social development in regional WA.

Royalties for Regions underpins the State Government's long-term commitment to developing Western Australia's regional areas into strong and vibrant regional communities that are desirable places to live, work and invest.

RfR focuses on delivering benefits to regional WA through six objectives:

  • building capacity in regional communities
  • retaining benefits in regional communities
  • improving services to regional communities
  • attaining sustainability
  • expanding opportunity
  • growing prosperity

More information on how to access RfR investment and  the evaluation process if available on the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development website.

Western Australian Regional Development Trust

The Western Australian Regional Development Trust (Trust) is an independent statutory advisory body established under the Royalties for Regions Act 2009 (the Act), that provides advice to the Minister for Regional Development on the operation of the Royalties for Regions Fund and any other matters referred to it by the Hon Alannah MacTiernan, MLC, Minister for Regional Development.

The Trust has an important role in providing independent and impartial advice and recommendations on the allocation of funds from the Royalties for Regions Fund and in the management of the Fund, which was established to promote and facilitate economic, business and social development in regional Western Australia. 

In addition to its monitoring and advisory role, the Trust also works to engage and enhance relationships with key regional stakeholders and influencers with the aim of driving greater collaboration and innovation in the delivery of regional development in Western Australia. 

The Trust regularly visits the regions and consults widely with individuals, industry and the broader community to maintain awareness, increase knowledge and support sustainable economic development in regional Western Australia.

The Trust formally meets approximately every 2 months and on other occasions as required.

Trust Membership

The Minister for Regional Development appoints Trust members under section 13 of the Royalties for Regions Act 2009 (the Act) to include:

  • The Chair of a Regional Development Commission
  • At least three, but not more than five other people.

The current members of the Trust are:

Mr Brendan Hammond, Chair 

Brendan Hammond

Appointed since 1 November 2017 under sections 13(1)(b) and 14 of the Act.

Brendan is a skilled executive and senior leader with almost 25 years' experience in senior roles across the energy, water, ports and resources sectors, including as Managing Director of Rio Tinto Argyle Diamonds. 

He has extensive experience as a board Chair of listed businesses and government trading enterprises, including Horizon Power and the Dampier Port Authority. Brendan has worked with regional communities, in WA and around the world, to drive economic and social change. He is the owner of Seymour Associates Pty Ltd, Head of Australia for InterContinental Energy and is a partner in Centric Digital LLC (New York). 

Brendan is also Chair of the Pilbara Development Commission. Contributing widely in the not for-profit sector, Brendan actively imparts his experience and knowledge to next generation leaders, most recently as an Adjunct Professor of Sustainability with the Curtin University of Technology Sustainability Policy Institute. In 2011, Brendan was awarded the Western Australian Citizen of the Year award for his contribution to regional development.

Ms ​Karlie Mucjanko, Deputy Chair 

Karlie Mucjanko

Appointed as Deputy Chair since 4 July 2016 under sections 13(1)(b) and 14 of the Act. Trust Member since November 2015.

Trust Member since November 2015. Karlie is a strategic communications and stakeholder engagement specialist with experience in managing brands and reputations, complex stakeholder relationships and communications. 

She has 20 years' experience spanning industry advocacy, publishing and research and development. Karlie joined Australia's largest agribusiness, the CBH Group in 2005 where she subsequently spent almost a decade as General Manager Grower and External Relations working directly with grain growing producers, their rural communities and CBH's many other stakeholders. 

Karlie has established a communications consultancy, is currently on the Board of Directors for Fremantle Ports as well as plant breeding technology company Intergrain Pty Ltd. She also serves as a Board member of the Guildford Grammar School Foundation and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Hon. Tom Stephens, Trust Member

Tom Stephens

Appointed as a Trust Member on 1 August 2019 under sections 13(1)(b) and 15(1) of the Act.

Tom currently serves as a non‑executive Director of a number of WA Boards, drawing on his many years of involvement across regional Western Australia generally and with the Aboriginal community in particular. These include the Dyslexia-SPELD Foundation of WA, Lost and Found Opera, MG Aboriginal Corporation, and the Western Desert Lands Aboriginal Corporation. 

Tom served in the WA State Parliament (1982-2014), first as Minister for Works and Regional Development in Dr Carmen Lawrence's Government and then in Dr Geoff Gallop's Government, where he held the portfolios of Housing and Works, Local Government, Heritage and Regional Development. Since retiring from the State Parliament, Tom has served on a number of Boards and Committees, including as Chair of the Gascoyne Development Commission and on the Board of Good to Great Schools Australia. 

In addition to his membership of the Trust, Tom is a Member of WA's Geographic Names Committee.

Page reviewed 5 October 2021