Regional Development Council


Regional Development Council

Established by the Regional Development Commissions Act 1993, the Regional Development Council is a key advisory body to the Western Australian Government on regional development issues.

The Council consists of the chairs of the nine (9) Regional Development Commissions.


Council functions

The function of the Council is to be the advisory body to the Minister for Regional Development on all regional development issues and for that purpose:
  • to promote development in the regions
  • to develop policy proposals on development issues affecting one or more of the regions
  • to facilitate liaison between commissions and relevant government agencies and the coordination of their respective functions
  • to promote liaison between local, State and Commonwealth government bodies with respect to regional issues, and the coordination of their respective policies on those issues
  • to report to the Minister on matters referred to it by the Minister

The Regional Development Council is supported by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development. 

Regional Development Council members

The current Council members are:
Rebecca Tomkinson (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​
Nick Belyea Chair, South West Development Commission​
​Terry Hill
A/Director General, Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development

Regional Development Council reports


Contact the Regional Development Council


Tel: +61 8 6552 2042
Level 3, 1 Nash Street, Perth WA 6000