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A short history of the Commission

The South West Development Commission was enacted in April 1994 under the Regional Development Commissions Act 1993, and is one of nine uniformly legislated agencies, each serving a different region of Western Australia.

Prior to 1994, the South West Development Commission was known as the South West Development Authority.

The Authority was established by its own act of parliament in 1984 to plan, coordinate and promote the economic and social development of the South West region of Western Australia.

Achievements of the Authority ranged from the development of Bunbury as a regional centre through the Better Cities Project, to the establishment of the Bunbury Institute of Advanced Education (now Edith Cowan University South West Campus).

Dr Ern Manea is the founding chairman and director of the South West Development Authority

Dr Ern Manea is the founding chairman and director of the South West Development Authority.