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 development in the region. This includes:
- Developing and broadening the economic base
- Identifying infrastructure and service needs
- Maximizing job creation and improving career opportunities
- Providing information and advice
- Seeking to ensure access to government services is equitable in the region.
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.
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.
The GDC is to achieve sustainable economic and social development of the Gascoyne region – A better place to live.
The Commission has 8 staff including management, project and administration staff that work from offices in Carnarvon, Exmouth and Perth.
The GDC Board consists of 6 members. The chief executive officer is an ex-officio member of the Board.