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Question Without Notice No. 12 asked in the Legislative Council on 16 May 2017 by Hon Jacqui Boydell

Parliament: 40 Session: 1
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REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT COMMISSIONS
      12. Hon JACQUI BOYDELL to the parliamentary secretary representing the Minister for Regional Development:
I refer to the regional development commissions.
      (1) Can the minister confirm that no changes will be made to the Regional Development Commissions Act 1993?
(2) Can the minister confirm that each region will continue to have a CEO based in that region?
      (3) Can the minister confirm that existing staff will not be required to relocate to Perth to remain employed?
      (4) Can the minister confirm that any new positions created in the Regional Development Commissions will be based in the current Regional Development Commission regions?
Hon DARREN WEST replied:
I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question and congratulate her on her election to the position of Deputy Leader of the National Party.
On behalf of the Minister for Regional Development, I provide the following response.
      (1)–(4) The minister is committed to the continuation of Regional Development Commissions. Our aim is to strengthen the role of development commissions as drivers of economic development. There will be no reduction in the number of regionally based staff. Over the course of this term of government, we are aiming to increase the number of people employed in the regions. As former National MLC Wendy Duncan observed, ''Real reform on regional development will take time and considerable political will and administrative effort.''