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GSDC thanks Chair for 23 years of service to regional development

Chair of the GSDC, Bruce Manning is set to finish his role after 23 years with the Commission

Aug 24, 2023 | Read Time : 2 minutes

Bruce Manning, the Chair of the Great Southern Development Commission (GSDC) Board of Management, is leaving the role after more than two years as Chair, and two decades as CEO at the helm of the Commission.


Mr Manning has influenced significant projects throughout the region during his time as GSDC CEO and Chair, including the delivery of the Albany Entertainment Centre and Albany Waterfront Precinct, the Katanning town centre upgrades and saleyards, the Munda Biddi Trail and Bibbulmun hiking track, and the expansion of the tertiary education offering of the region.


The Hon. Don Punch MLA, Minister for Regional Development in an opinion piece, remarked on Mr Manning’s impact.


“His unwavering support for local businesses, agricultural advancements, tourism, and infrastructure projects has played a pivotal role in enhancing the region’s economic potential and quality of life for its residents”, Minister Punch said.


Jarrad Gardner, Acting CEO of the GSDC praised the undeniable mark Bruce has left on the Commission, and region as a whole.


“Bruce leaves behind him a rich legacy, with well over two decades of dedication to the region. Bruce’s impact can be felt across the region, throughout various industries, and by many facets of the community….his influence cannot be overstated”.


On the announcement of his departure, Mr Manning highlighted the collaborative nature of his achievements, and gave thanks to stakeholders, the Minister, and GSDC Board and staff.


“I take this opportunity to express my sincere appreciation to all those from the various industry, community and government sectors who have worked and partnered with the Commission”, Mr Manning said.


With the announcement of Mr Manning’s departure, the Minister for Regional Development this week announced the appointment of Ricky Burges PSM as the new Chair of the GSDC Board of Management, starting 1 September 2023.


Ms Burges brings her senior leadership experience across the public sector in Western Australia, previously working as the CEO of the Western Australian Local Government Association, the Perth Zoo and Director General of the former Department of Culture and Arts.


She has served as the CEO of Albany Community Care since 2019, and brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to her new role at the GSDC.


See Ministerial Statement