Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Brendon Grylls: Right Man for the Time

Media Release

WT030/2013

17 November 2013

Deputy Prime Minister and federal leader of The Nationals Warren Truss today paid tribute to outgoing WA Nationals leader Brendon Grylls, who has announced he is stepping down from the leadership and the WA ministry in coming weeks.

“Brendon came along at a time when the WA Nationals were at a low ebb,” Mr Truss said.

“His resilience and determination in leadership restored the WA Nationals and, in the process, gave to regional WA the iconic Royalties for Regions program.

“While I was campaigning across WA during the recent state and federal elections, you could not help but be struck by how The Nationals brand is synonymous with Royalties for Regions.

“It has become a defining policy for The Nationals…not just in WA, but throughout each state and, indeed, federally with our $1 billion National Stronger Regions Fund.

“He was the right man for a difficult time and he delivered for the regions.

“Brendon did not shirk the hard choices. At the 2012 state election he vacated his safe Wheatbelt seat of Merredin, which he'd held since 2001, opting to take on Labor in the far more electorally challenging Pilbara.

“Exhibiting true character, he put his career on the line for the chance to pick up a seat for The Nationals. He won in a cakewalk.

“Brendon is a true champion of the regions. He has made a real difference to the people of WA who live outside its capital city.

“I, along with my Nationals colleagues, wish Brendon and his family good health and every happiness for the future.”