For the Hon Brendon Grylls MLA
Minister for Housing; Racing and Gaming
The Hon Brendon Grylls was elected to State Parliament when he won a by-election for the seat of Merredin in 2001 and became the leader of the Nationals WA in July 2005. Following the 2008 election he led the party into a power sharing alliance with the Liberals.
In the lead up to the September 2008 election, Brendon and The Nationals WA campaigned on the Royalties for Regions plan which captured the imagination of regional WA and now underpins the Liberal-Nationals alliance in Government.
Through this historic agreement, the equivalent of 25 per cent of the State's mining and petroleum royalty revenue (up to a maximum of $1billion per annum) is being reinvested in regional Western Australia's infrastructure, services and community projects.
The Royalties for Regions program is transforming communities from Kununurra to Esperance and ensuring radical upgrades in vital services, including health, training, education and housing as well as continuing to provide essential services through the Royal Flying Doctor Service, Patients Assisted Travel Scheme (PATS) and the Country Age Pension Fuel Card.
Other programs include the SuperTowns project in Esperance, Katanning, Margaret River, Manjimup, Collie, Boddington, Morawa, Northam and Jurien Bay where Royalties for Regions is being invested to underpin sustainable growth and prosperity in the regions. Other Royalties for Regions programs include Regional Airports Development Scheme (RADS) Housing our Workers (GROH), The Country Local Government scheme, Southern Inland Health Initiative and revitalisation programs for the Gascoyne and Mid-west.
Brendon has targeted the Pilbara and Kimberley regions where years of neglect has resulted in poorly serviced towns and communities and disenfranchised indigenous populations. The Royalties for Regions program is driving a major transformation of the Pilbara particularly in Port Hedland and Karratha through the Pilbara Cities program while in Kununurra the Ord-East Kimberley Expansion Project is opening up new irrigated land in the region.
Brendon's vision is to draw on Royalties for Regions funding to establish thriving communities right across regional Western Australia where industry and business can invest with confidence and where families are encouraged to settle permanently because they have ready access to affordable housing, education and modern health services.
In 2013, Brendon contested the North West seat of Pilbara, with a plan to increase State Parliament's focus on the north of the State. Brendon announced his resignation from his second term as Minister for Regional Development and Lands in November 2013. He returned to the Cabinet in August 2016 as Minister for Housing; Racing and Gaming in addition to retaking the position of leader of the Nationals WA.
Born on the 5 June 1973, Brendon was educated first at Corrigin and then attended boarding school at Wesley College. He is married to Susan and they have three sons Thomas, Oliver and Jack.
(As at 15-August-2016)