About Us

The Gascoyne Development Commission is a State Government statutory authority created through the Regional Development Commissions Act of 1993. It is one of nine regional development commissions established in Western Australia’s regions to facilitate economic and social development.

The Commission works directly with the office of the Minister for Regional Development and advocates for the priorities of the region in this and other State forums. The chairman of the Commission’s Board is a member of the Regional Development Council and the Chief Executive Officer also advises this peak body representing the nine regions of Western Australia.

The Commission’s function is to take necessary steps to promote, facilitate and monitor economic and social development in the region. This includes:

  • maximizing job creation and improving career opportunities in the region;
  • developing and broadening the economic base of the region;
  • identifying infrastructure services to promote economic and social development within the region;
  • providing information and advice to promote business development within the region;
  • seeking to ensure that the general standard of government services and access to those services in the region is comparable to the metropolitan area; and
  • generally taking steps to encourage, promote, facilitate and monitor the economic development in the region.

The Commission does this by:

  • promoting the region;
  • facilitating coordination between relevant statutory bodies and State government agencies;
  • cooperating with representatives of industry and commerce, employer and employee organisations, education and training institutions and other sections of the community within the region;
  • identifying the opportunities for investment in the region and encourage that investment;
  • identifying the infrastructure needs of the region, and encouraging the provision of that infrastructure in the region; and
  • cooperating with State and Commonwealth departments, statutory bodies, local governments and other agencies, in order to promote equitable delivery of services within the region.

Our vision

The Gascoyne will be recognised as providing a great lifestyle and visitor experience through its diversity, employment and investment opportunities, unique natural environment and climate.

Our mission

To achieve sustainable economic and social development of the Gascoyne region – A better place to live.


The Gascoyne Development Commission acknowledges and pays respect to the past, present and future Elders and Traditional Custodians of Country across the land the Commission operates, as well as across the nation. We celebrate the continuation of cultural, spiritual and educational practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Yinggarda, Baiyungu, Malgana, Thadgari and Thalanyji Ancestors have walked this Country and we acknowledge their special and unique contribution to our shared histories, cultures and languages. We recognise the collective contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians to the economic and social development of the Gascoyne.