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WA Trails and Recreation Forum

Trailing down to Albany for annual forum

Oct 11, 2021
Another reason to celebrate Outdoors October is the WA Trails and Recreation Forum 2021.

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WA Trails and Recreation Forum

Trailing down to Albany for annual forum

Oct 11, 2021
Another reason to celebrate Outdoors October is the WA Trails and Recreation Forum 2021.
Optus Stadium view from the Swan River at twilight.

WA talent front and centre at AFL Grand Final

Sep 18, 2021
The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC) is proud to have supported and worked with the WA contemporary music sector to ensure that some of Western Australia’s most iconic musicians take centre stage at this year’s historic AFL Grand Final in Perth.
Local government councillors

Want to make a difference? Consider running for your local council this September

Jun 1, 2021
Community members are called on to nominate as a candidate in the upcoming local government elections to be held on 16 October 2021.
Hand picking a bottle of wine up from shelf

Restrictions on the sale of packaged liquor due to COVID-19 — Kimberley region

May 11, 2021
The Director of Liquor Licensing has reviewed the previous restrictions on liquor purchases in the Kimberley put in place to support measures taken due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 Audience Outlook Monitor – March 2021 results out now

Apr 16, 2021
After months of low COVID-19 cases, Western Australians are confident returning to arts and cultural events – and many are making firm plans to do so.
His Majesty's Theatre exterior

Historic balconies at His Majesty’s Theatre to be restored

Apr 14, 2021
Visitors to His Majesty's Theatre will soon be able to walk along the balconies and verandahs as part of further upgrades at the historic performing arts venue.
The Cultural Infrastructure Map displayed on a laptop computer screen.

Explore WA’s cultural and creative spaces with the WA Cultural Infrastructure Map

Mar 25, 2021
The WA Cultural Infrastructure Map identifies existing cultural and creative spaces across the State.
Close up photo of a microphone in a recording studio

Grants continue recovery of WA’s arts and culture sector

Mar 23, 2021
WA’s vibrant arts and culture sector continues to receive support from the State Government, with 17 projects representing a variety of disciplines sharing in more than $709,000 from two grants programs.

In the House expanding WA’s vibrant regional culture and arts programs

Dec 21, 2020
Arts and cultural venues in regional Western Australia will be buzzing with increased programs of activity next year, thanks to the In the House grants program.
Minister Paul Papalia MLA at a liquor store

Trial of Banned Drinkers Register in the Pilbara begins today

Dec 1, 2020
The State Government's Banned Drinkers Register trial in the Pilbara region has begun today.
FRINGE WORLD Festival. Photo by Jason Matz.

Get ready to binge on FRINGE, as tickets go on sale today

Nov 12, 2020
It is almost that time of year, FRINGE WORLD 2021 is coming and is set to be a bonanza of Western Australian creative and artistic talent.
State Theatre Centre of WA - Photo by Robert Frith-Acorn Photo

Funding to reignite WA theatre activity

Nov 5, 2020
Perth will be buzzing with new local theatre next year thanks to funding for three upcoming productions through the Western Australian Theatre Development Initiative (WATDI).
Theatre audience

Updates to the COVID Event Plans process for high risk events

Nov 2, 2020
Event organisers and local governments should be aware of the following important information regarding submission of high risk COVID Event Plans to the Department of Health, including mandatory cut-off dates for those events occurring in December and January.
Minister Mick Murray and Amber Jade Sanderson MLA, Member for Morley with kids from Camboon Little Athletics Clubs

24,500 more kids can bounce back to sport thanks to Lotterywest

Oct 20, 2020
The State Government has launched the new Back to Sport program, with grants available for families and sports clubs to re-engage in sport as Western Australia continues its recovery from COVID-19.
COVID-19 Audience Outlook Monitor Phase 3

COVID-19 Audience Outlook Monitor – WA Phase 3 report out now

Oct 16, 2020
The final report is now available, showing how Western Australian audiences felt in September 2020 about attending arts events again, compared to earlier in the year.
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Lodgement of draft financial statements with your auditor by 30 September 2020

Sep 18, 2020

LG Alert

Local governments may be aware that the department is currently consulting with the sector on proposed amendments to the Financial Management Regulations that could affect 2019-20 financial statements.
Live audience

COVID Event Guidelines and Plans to enable for more events in WA

Sep 18, 2020
Events of more than 500 people that require a local government authority approval will be supported with COVID Event Guidelines and COVID Event Plans to ensure more events are held in Western Australia.
Montage of people's faces on hexagon tiles

Universal Council Member Training

Sep 18, 2020

Departmental Circular 7 2020

The Local Government Amendment Act 2019 has introduced the requirement for all council members to undertake Council Member Essentials training within the first 12 months of being elected.
Children making puppets at Claremont Christmas Event, 2014. Facilitated by Spare Parts Puppet Theatre. Photo by Jessica Wyld

Now open — Creative Communities COVID-19 Recovery Program

Sep 1, 2020
Applications are now open to the DLGSC and Lotterywest Creative Communities COVID-19 Recovery Program.
Oil painting

DLGSC and Lotterywest Creative Communities COVID-19 Recovery Program – coming soon

Aug 6, 2020
The arts play a significant role in supporting communities to tackle disruption and re-establish local connection, strength and resilience beyond the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Colourful paint buckets

COVID-19 Creative Industries Impact Survey – available now

Aug 4, 2020
The department is conducting a targeted survey to assess COVID-19 impacts on employment and revenue in the creative industries in Western Australia.
Artist's impression of the Art Gallery of Western Australia rooftop.

Art Gallery rooftop project to feature giant Aboriginal artwork

Jul 20, 2020
The State Government has today announced the successful contractor tasked with transforming the Art Gallery of WA's (AGWA) rooftop into a multi-use gallery space and rooftop venue over the next six months.
art gallery visitors looking at paintings

Relief fund to support galleries to bounce back

Jul 1, 2020
A $195,000 relief fund will be available for eligible regional art galleries that had to cancel exhibitions and close their doors due to COVID-19.
Red dirt road in Western Australia

$1 million program to rekindle regional arts

Jul 1, 2020
A new $1 million grant program will provide vital funding to support ongoing creative and cultural activity in Western Australia's regions.
Outdoor movie set on the beach

Continued investment into regional film production

Jun 16, 2020
Screen production in Western Australia's spectacular regions has received a $16 million investment over the next four years through the State Government.
Football training

Kick off time for State Football Centre

Jun 15, 2020
The State Government will invest $16.25 million to build a State Football Centre to serve the growing football community of Western Australia.
Photo of a stack of website servers

Culture and the arts online grant system upgrades

Jun 11, 2020
The DLGSC culture and the arts online grant system will undergo system maintenance and upgrades later this month. If you’re planning to apply for a grant, there are some important dates to remember.
View of the Albany Entertainment Centre exterior at dawn. Photo by Alison Paine.

The lights go up at Albany Entertainment Centre

Jun 10, 2020
The Albany Entertainment Centre (AEC) will reopen to audiences on June 18 with the first of the Harbourside Concert Series, known locally as Harbourside.
An old model of a Radiola transistor radio

New platform promoting treasures from across WA goes live

Jun 10, 2020
Collections WA is live.
State Records Office of Western Australia Retro Maps website Homepage image

Online resource brings past to the fore

Jun 8, 2020
A new online resource has been released today that allows over 2000 historical survey plans of the Perth metropolitan area to be viewed and downloaded from a modern mapping interface.
Empty chairs in a meeting room

Easing of restrictions – Council meetings update

Jun 5, 2020
The State Government has announced Phase 3 Easing of Restrictions commencing 6 June that will allow gatherings of up to 100 people indoors (while maintaining physical distancing). What does this mean for council meetings?
Bungle Bungles rock formations in the Purnululu National Park, Kimberley

Sounds of the Kimberley heard around the world

Jun 3, 2020
A compilation playlist produced on Country has been broadcast and streamed to over 20 countries around the world.
Aboriginal children at Moore River Settlement Church, courtesy of the AHWA collection.

Aboriginal History WA helping Western Australians unlock their Aboriginal ancestry

Jun 3, 2020
Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt is encouraging Western Australians to use the services of Aboriginal History WA (AHWA) to learn about their Aboriginal ancestry, after gaining access to his own family records.
Aerial view of the Western Australian Museum from James Street.

New jobs on offer at the New Museum

Jun 3, 2020
The New Museum for Western Australia is on track to open in the Perth Cultural Centre in November 2020, and there are up to 30 new permanent positions advertised for frontline Visitor Services staff, plus a pool of casual staff.
Rottnest Island Lighthouse on top of the steps from the beach.

State Government commences historic Rottnest Island Wadjemup Project

Jun 2, 2020
A project to reconcile the history of Aboriginal people's imprisonment at Rottnest Island is one step closer, with the development of a cultural authority process to lead State-wide Aboriginal community engagement.
Illustration of stages along a road

Phase 3 of COVID-19 roadmap to commence from Saturday, June 6

Jun 2, 2020
The State Government has announced Phase 3 of the roadmap to ease COVID-19 restrictions in WA, with significant changes coming into effect from Saturday, June 6.
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