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A new era for regional development

Jul 7, 2017

This week marks a new era for regional development in Western Australia with the establishment of the Department of Primary Industry and Regional Development.

The department is an amalgamation of the former departments of Regional Development, Agriculture and Food, and Fisheries, and staff from the nine Regional Development Commissions.

Pilbara Development Commission Chief Executive Officer Terry Hill said the opportunity would create a more collaborative approach to regional development across the state.

“The support of the new department will bolster the Commission’s influence and capacity to drive economic outcomes for the Pilbara,” Mr Hill said.

Regional Development Commissions across the state will remain in place as legal entities, led by a Chief Executive Officer and governing Board.

“It's business as usual here. Commission staff, office locations and our day-to-day business of delivering economic and community projects in the Pilbara, will continue,” Mr Hill said.

“Backed by the new department makes us a powerful force in regional development and I am excited by the opportunities this new collaborative approach presents for the Pilbara.”

The Commission is already actively pursuing industry development projects in agriculture and aquaculture to diversify the economic base of the region and create new employment opportunities.

“Being part of the same portfolio as our colleagues in agriculture and fisheries will enable us to build stronger working relationships and deliver positive economic outcomes the Pilbara,” Mr Hill said.

The Department of Primary Industry and Regional Development commenced operation on 1 July 2017 as part of the State Government’s commitment to create a more efficient public sector.

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