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Council member training and candidate induction

Aug 12, 2019
On 27 June 2019, the Local Government Legislation Amendment Act 2019 was passed by the Western Australian Parliament, coming into effect on 6 July 2019.

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Graham 'Polly' Farmer of the Geelong Cats VFL club kicks a ball. (Photo by Getty Images)

Public invited to State Funeral service for Graham “Polly” Farmer

Aug 19, 2019
Members of the public are invited to pay their respects to the late Graham "Polly" Farmer at a State Funeral service to be held at Optus Stadium from 11am on Monday August 26.
Mrs Lawford-Wolf

Statement on the passing of Mrs Lawford-Wolf

Aug 14, 2019
Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Ben Wyatt has today expressed his deepest sorrow at the news of the passing of Mrs Lawford-Wolf, a Gooniyandi woman from the Kimberley's Fitzroy Valley.
Minister Murray welcomes the Boomers and the Canadian team to Perth at Bendat Basketball Centre.

Boomers and Canada set to clash as WA’s biggest-ever winter of sport rolls on

Aug 13, 2019
The Australian Boomers' NBA superstars have touched down in Perth for two clashes against Team Canada at RAC Arena this weekend as part of preparations for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup.
Tim Swart at the 2019 Trails Forum

Trails forum launches guides for WA’s hikers, mountain bikers and trails enthusiasts

Aug 12, 2019
Local, regional and national trails experts gathered in City Beach’s surf lifesaving club in early August for an industry forum to exchange expertise and the launch of two key WA trails planning documents.
Montage of people's faces on hexagon tiles

Council member training and candidate induction

Aug 12, 2019
On 27 June 2019, the Local Government Legislation Amendment Act 2019 was passed by the Western Australian Parliament, coming into effect on 6 July 2019.
Perenjori Hall

Report into Shire of Perenjori handed down

Aug 6, 2019
The Western Australian Government today tabled the report detailing findings of the Authorised Inquiry into the Shire of Perenjori in State Parliament.
A general view of play during a Queensland Maroons State of Origin training session at HBF Park on June 19, 2019 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Will Russell/Getty Images)

State Government secures another NRL team to call Perth home

Aug 6, 2019
Reigning premiers the Sydney Roosters will become the latest NRL club to make Perth their temporary home, with the rugby league powerhouse set to play three matches at HBF Park from 2020-22.
A close-up photo of a rainbow guernsey signed by people.

Pride Sports Festival celebrates competition and participation

Jul 31, 2019
Over 2000 athletes and spectators are expected to take part in the 2019 Pride Sports Festival in Perth this November, with the McGowan Government providing a $5000 grant to build on the success of last year's event.
Minister David Templeman with staff from the State Library of Western Australia.

Premier’s Book Award winners announced

Jul 26, 2019
The winners of the 2018 Premier's Book Awards were announced at the State Library of Western Australia tonight, marking the beginning of a new era for the annual awards.
Audience at the State Library’s Disrupted Festival of Ideas

State Library’s Disrupted Festival of Ideas on this weekend

Jul 26, 2019
This year the State Library's Disrupted Festival of Ideas will focus on the truth: can it be subjective, manipulated, changed by opinion and will it really set you free?
The Bulldogs and Storm players form a huddle in memory of Steve Folkes during the round one NRL match between the Canterbury Bulldogs and the Melbourne Storm at Perth Stadium on March 10, 2018 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Will Russell/Getty Images)

State Government secures more NRL for Perth on the back of State of Origin success

Jul 23, 2019
The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs will make Perth's HBF Park their temporary home for three matches over three seasons following the sell-out success of the recent State of Origin II match.
A closeup photo of the WA State Government coat of arms on Parliament House

Local Government Legislation Amendment Act 2019

Jul 9, 2019
​The Local Government Legislation Amendment Act 2019 has received Royal Assent with some of the amendments taking effect immediately. As such, all local governments need to take action now to ensure they continue to comply with the requirements of the Local Government Act 1995.
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