About RDA Pilbara
New Era in Regional Development
Regional Development Australia (RDA) is a partnership between the Australian, state and territory and local governments to support the growth and development of Australia’s regions. RDA committees will build partnerships between governments, regional development organisations, local businesses, community groups and key regional stakeholders to provide strategic and targeted responses to economic, environmental and social issues affecting the regions of Australia.
RDA is delivered through a national network of 55 committees and has redefined the role that the organisation plays in the delivery of regional development.
Regional Development in Western Australia
On 25 August 2009, the Australian Government Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, Maxine McKew, and the Western Australian Minister for Regional Development and Lands, Brendon Grylls, signed a Memorandum of Understanding on behalf of the Australian and Western Australian governments setting out the arrangements for Regional Development Australia in Western Australia. The MoU supports the adoption of more integrated and aligned arrangements for regional engagement and economic development between the Australian Government through the RDA network, and the Western Australian Government through the Regional Development Commissions. (Source: RDA Website)
Statement of RDA Pilbara Priorities
RDA Pilbara priorities are those that have a regional impact and aspect to them. The priorities for the Pilbara region have been identified by RDAP with key stakeholders, local government, state agencies and industry during a long consultation period in developing the Pilbara Plan 2012. However, it is noted that there are several projects being planned to enhance the wellbeing of remote communities within the Pilbara. Whilst these projects may not be of regional significance, RDAP recognises the importance of these projects to support the sustainability of isolated and remote communities.
Smaller locality specific projects are encompassed in Local Government Authorities plans and these plans are considered when RDA Pilbara makes recommendations on projects.
About The PRC
The Pilbara Regional Council (PRC) was created in May 2000, when the four Pilbara local governments came together to give a greater voice to the Pilbara region, and to attract increased investment opportunities for the benefit of Pilbara communities.
To be a passionate and influential advocate for the Pilbara region. To improve efficiency and governance through regional service delivery. To partner with industry to ensure that our members receive equitable economic return.
Efficient, cooperative and sustainable local government across the Pilbara, contributing to a region of social and economic prosperity.
The Councillors, Chief Executive Officer and staff, through a combined effort, are responsible for successfully leading and managing the PRC. The organisation is accountable to its member local governments, and regularly publishes detailed financial statements and project performance reports for the review of its members.
The four local governments are represented by the eight-member Pilbara Regional Council. Two Councillors are nominated from each member local government, governing for the interests of their town or shire and for the broader Pilbara region.
The Chairperson and seven Councillors establish the strategic context of the PRC and govern to ensure that key objectives are met. The Council monitors the activities of the CEO and management team and ensures that the PRC remains true to its Constitution, vision and mission.
Ordinary Council meetings are held on rotation between the Perth and the member Local Government chambers. Each Council meeting also uses presentations and deputations to ensure that Councillors are kept abreast of issues that are relevant to Local Government in the Pilbara. Members of the public are welcome to attend Council meetings, and are able to pose questions on specific areas of concern.
Chief Executive Officer
A Chief Executive Officer is employed by the Council to deliver the functions of the local government, and to service the requirements of members. The CEO employs a staff to deliver services and carry out directions of the Council. The CEO is responsible for all operational aspects of the PRC, and is accountable to the Council for the performance of the organisation.
The PRC engages a number of specialist external advisors to assist in the management of its affairs. These advisors include auditors, legal counsel, project managers, financial advisors, information technology support, et al.
As a project-driven member services organisation, the PRC engages contractors to deliver components of most projects. All contractors work within the Council’s project governance framework, and under the specific direction of a nominated project manager.